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Pleasanton in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Kottinger’s Barn
 
Kottinger’s Barn Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
1. Kottinger’s Barn Marker
 
Inscription. John W. Kottinger one of pioneer founders and first Justice of the Peace of Pleasanton constructed this adobe brick barn about 1852. So built that part of it could house prisoners brought to justice in his court. Thus serving as Pleasanton’s first jail.

Restored by Robert and Elaine Koopman

Dedicated this 11th day of September 1987
Grand Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West
Robert R. Souza Grand President

Plaque funded by James D. Phelan Trust

 
Erected 1987 by Native Sons of the Golden West.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 37° 39.796′ N, 121° 52.346′ W. Marker is in Pleasanton, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Ray Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is mounted on the front 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. J. W. 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.
 
Kottinger’s Barn Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
2. Kottinger’s Barn Marker
 

 
Regarding Kottinger’s Barn. This site was listed with the California State Office of Historic Preservation on September 12, 1985.

This site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. It's period of significance is listed as 1850-1874.
 
Additional comments.
1. 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 15, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
Kottinger’s Barn Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle
3. Kottinger’s Barn
 
 
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
 
 
Second Story Window on West Side of Building Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
5. Second Story Window on West Side of Building
 
 
East Side of Building Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
6. East Side of Building
 
 
Adobe Home of John W. Kottinger image, Click for more information
By Habs-loc, circa 1940
7. Adobe Home of John W. Kottinger
Historic American Buildings Survey
HABS CAL,1-NIL,2-1
Click for more information.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 994 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on November 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 15, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
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