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New Hope – 1846

First Wheat

 
 
New Hope – 1846 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
1. New Hope – 1846 Marker
Inscription. Approximately six miles west, 20 Mormon pioneers from ship Brooklyn founded first known agricultural colony in San Joaquin Valley. Planting first wheat; also crops they irrigated by the pole and bucket method. Erected three log houses, operated sawmill and ferry across Stanislaus. Settlement later known as Stanislaus City.
STATE REGISTERED HISTORICAL LANDMARK No. 436
Tablet placed by California Centennials Commission
Base furnished by Alameda County Camps,
Daughters Utah Pioneers
Dedicated October 22, 1949

 
Erected 1949 by California Centennials Commission and Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 436.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 37° 44.154′ N, 121° 7.615′ W. Marker is in Ripon, California, in San Joaquin County. Marker is on West Fourth Street near Locust Street when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at the Ripon Community Center City Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 West Fourth Street, Ripon CA 95366, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ripon World War II Memorial (approx.
New Hope – 1846 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 29, 2009
2. New Hope – 1846 Marker
0.2 miles away); The Paper Boy (approx. 9.7 miles away); The McHenry Mansion (approx. 9.7 miles away); Modesto War Memorial (approx. 9.7 miles away); Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat (approx. 9.7 miles away); The Guns Are Silent (approx. 9.7 miles away); a different marker also named Modesto War Memorial (approx. 9.7 miles away); Modesto Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 10 miles away).
 
Regarding New Hope – 1846. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.436 on June 2, 1949.
 
Also see . . .  The Ship Brooklyn and Sam Brannon. (Submitted on June 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. New Hope - Stanislaus City
From Rensch and Hoover’s Historic Spots in California, published by The Stanford Press, 2002:

"Soon after their arrival, a log house, constructed after the Western manner and covered with oak shingles fashioned on the spot, was put up, while, with a crudely improvised sawmill, boards were hewn from oak logs for the cabin floor. Elk, bear and wild geese were so abundant that one man with a rifle could bring in enough game in three hours time to supply the colony for a week. Wheat, farm instruments and other necessary supplies had been brought and by the middle of January 1847, eighty acres of grain had been sown. The little settlement did indeed seem full of hope and promise.
But with the coming of winter rains the whole aspect was changed. The season was so stormy that the river overflowed its banks causing the little band of pioneers untold suffering and hardship. Then, too, serious dissentions arose among the colonists. So completely disheartened did they become that gradually the group disbanded. By the summer of 1847, only one man, a Mr. Buckland, remained and he too, was gone by November."
    — Submitted June 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

2. New Hope
From Chronology of Stanislaus County History by Robert LeRoy Santos,
California State University, Stanislaus
University Library, 2002:

"Mormon Sam Brannan brought settlers to a spot 1 1/2 miles north of the junction of the Stanislaus and San Joaquin Rivers, near present day Salida. On the south bank had been Estanislao's camp, and on the north bank (in today's San Joaquin County), Brannan established the settlement of New Hope or Stanislaus City. But, settlers of New Hope lived on both sides of the river, which meant they lived in the future Stanislaus County. Mormon President Brigham Young could not agree with Brannan to settle the Mormon people at New Hope instead of in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. Many of the Mormon settlers went to the gold mines or to Utah abandoning the settlement."
Source: http://library.csustan.edu/bsantos/chronology.html
    — Submitted June 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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