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Martinez in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Contra Costa County Courthouse

1901

 
 
Contra Costa County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
1. Contra Costa County Courthouse Marker
Inscription.
County Seat
Since April 25, 1851

Martinez
Historical Marker
I
(Marker Number I.)
 
Location. 38° 1.138′ N, 122° 8.081′ W. Marker is in Martinez, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Street and Escobar Street, on the right when traveling north on Court Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 625 Court Street, Martinez CA 94553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Borland Home (a few steps from this marker); Martinez Public Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hook Building (about 400 feet away); 815 Marina Vista (about 400 feet away); Morgan House (about 500 feet away); Bergamini Building (about 500 feet away); Rankin Building (about 600 feet away); Southern Pacific R.R. Depot (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Martinez.
 
More about this marker. The marker is made of wood, with the face covered by a plexiglas sheet, and mounted on a wooden pole on the corner of the court house lawn.
 
Also see . . .  Walking Tour of Martinez.
Wide Shot of Contra Costa County Courthouse Marker and Courthoue Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
2. Wide Shot of Contra Costa County Courthouse Marker and Courthoue Entrance
The Martinez Historical Society's walking tour of the historical buildings in Martinez. (Submitted on November 10, 2009.) 
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable Buildings
 
Sharkey Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
3. Sharkey Square Marker
Directly in front of the court house is a marker for Sharkey Square. Installed in 1954 by the Native Daughters of the American West, the plaque is to dedicated to Will R. Sharkey - publisher, legislator, and conservationist. The square, however, is now simply a widened portion of Court Street, with parking.
Contra Costa County Courthouse Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 8, 2009
4. Contra Costa County Courthouse Cornerstone
The cornerstone lists the county supervisors: J.D. Wightman, chairman, Oakley; illegible, Rodeo; J.M. Stow, Walnut Creek; E.J. Randall, Concord; R. De Martini, Clayton; J.E. Rodgers, clerk, Martinez.
Contra Costa County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
5. Contra Costa County Courthouse
Ray McDevitt, in Courthouses of California: An Illustrated History, notes, "...The completion of the courthouse in 1903 was celebrated with festivities that drew over 10,000 visitors (more than half the county's entire population) to downtown Martinez. The town fire truck (with the Fire Queen and her attendants) led the parade, followed by the Native Daughters of the Golden West with their white parasols, and sailors in uniform from merchant ships anchored in the harbor. Traditional oratory began at midday, a barbecue was held in the afternoon, and a banquet (held for men only) began at 10pm, featuring six types of wine, ham, turkey, crab, shrimp, Martinez olives and Cuban cigars."
Contra Costa County Courthouse Entrance - Pillars and Pediment image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
6. Contra Costa County Courthouse Entrance - Pillars and Pediment
The building replaced the brick Greek Revival-style courthouse built in 1855-56. It had a dome until 1957, when the dome was removed for earthquake safety, and was converted from a courthouse to the County Finance Building in the early 1960's.
 
 
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