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Pleasanton in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
J. W. Kottinger’s Barn
Pleasanton Heritage Site - 1852
 
J. W. Kottinger’s Barn Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
1. J. W. Kottinger’s Barn Marker
 
Inscription. John W. Kottinger (1819 – 1892) was Murray Township Justice of the Peace from 1853 to 1870. His home was the Seat of Justice for the township; The northwest corner of this adobe barn was used to jail prisoners. A frequent visitor was Joaquin Murrieta. On one occasion he was distracted by Mrs. Kottinger’s bountiful table, thus allowing Kottinger to make a hasty trip to a San Francisco bank. The bandit was deprived of the pleasure of relieving Kottinger of a large gold deposit.
 
Erected 1980 by Joaquin Murrieta Chapter No. 13, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 39.794′ N, 121° 52.349′ W. Marker is in Pleasanton, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Ray Street. Click for map. Marker is located on the eastern side of the building, which now houses "Milfleur", a retail store. ‎. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Ray Street, Pleasanton CA 94566, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kottinger’s Barn (here, next to this marker); The Pleasanton Hotel (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rancho El Valle de San Jose (approx. 0.7 miles away); Alviso Adobe Community Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); Francisco Solano Alviso Adobe (approx. 2.2 miles away); Alviso Adobe (approx. 2.2 miles away); Meadowlark Dairy - The Dairy Silo (approx. 2.2 miles away); Meadowlark Dairy – Dairy Manager’s House (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pleasanton.
 
J. W. Kottinger’s Barn Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
2. J. W. Kottinger’s Barn Marker
 

 
Regarding J. W. Kottinger’s Barn. This site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. It's period of significance is listed as 1850-1874.

This site was listed with the California State Office of Historic Preservation on September 12, 1985.
 
Additional comments.
1. Kottinger's Barn
From the Pleasanton Historic Downtown Walking Brochure:
John Kottinger's barn was constructed in 1852 and later became Pleasanton's first jail. It is one of the few remaining adobe structures in the area and is the only building in Pleasanton to be designated by the National Register of Historic Buildings. Kottinger became the county's first Justice of the Peace in 1853. Since there were no public buildings at the time, Kottinger used his home for court and his barn for a jail. After criminals were convicted in Kottinger's courts, bandits waiting outside overcame the lawmen and helped the outlaws escape on horseback. Kottinger then
had a tunnel built from the courthouse to the jail. Notable desperadoes such as Juaquin Murrietta, Juan Soto, and "Three Fingers" Jack Garcia were tried in Kottinger's court and escorted through the tunnel to jail.
    — Submitted November 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
Pleasanton Heritage Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
3. Pleasanton Heritage Plaque
 
 
Exposed Adobe Bricks on Side of Building Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
4. Exposed Adobe Bricks on Side of Building
 
 
J. W. Kottinger’s Barn Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
5. J. W. Kottinger’s Barn
This west side view of the Barn shows the location used as the jail.
 
 
California Historical Landmark Directional Sign on Main Street. Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
6. California Historical Landmark Directional Sign on Main Street.
 
 
J. W. Kottinger’s Barn Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
7. J. W. Kottinger’s Barn
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,251 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
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