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Sunnyvale in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Home of Martin Murphy, Jr.

 
 
Home of Martin Murphy, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
1. Home of Martin Murphy, Jr. Marker
Inscription. Martin Murphy, Jr. arrived in California with his family in 1844 in the first wagon train to cross the Sierra Nevada. The founder of Sunnyvale, he constructed here his house of pre-fabricated lumber brought around the Horn in 1849. Members of the Murphy family lived here continuously until 1953, when the property was acquired by the City of Sunnyvale.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 644

 
Erected 1960 by California State Park Commission, City of Sunnyvale and The Sunnyvale Historical Society. (Marker Number 644.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 37° 22.926′ N, 122° 1.58′ W. Marker is in Sunnyvale, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from North Sunnyvale Avenue east of East California Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located at the Martin Murphy Historic Park. Parking is available via E. California Street. Marker is in this post office area: Sunnyvale CA 94086, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (here, next to this marker); Hendy Stamp Mill / Hendy's "California" Stamp Mill
Home of Martin Murphy, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
2. Home of Martin Murphy, Jr. Marker
On the reverse side of this rock base is a Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition Trail marker and a Heritage 76 Bicentennial Landmark Plaque.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); F.E. Cornell’s Country Store (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Witness Tree (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Mountain View Train Depot (approx. 3 miles away); Battle of Santa Clara (approx. 3.5 miles away); Historic Loyola Corners (approx. 3.9 miles away); H.G. Wade’s Warehouse (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sunnyvale.
 
Regarding Home of Martin Murphy, Jr.. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 644 on April 28, 1958.

The house was demolished by the City of Sunnyvale in 1961 due to extensive damage caused by a fire.

The Murphy family is credited with founding four other cities in the area. Martin Murphy Sr. started San Martin, located South of San Jose. Martin Murphy Jr. started Sunnyvale and son John was credited with founding the gold camp which later became the town of Murphys in the gold country. All of these areas have markers documented on Hmdb.org.
 
Also see . . .  The Murphy Family. The Martin Murphy party crossed the plains in 1844 to California. They were the first party to cross the Sierras in a covered wagon, the first to bring oxen across the plains and the first to use the route now used by Union and Pacific Railroads. The Donner party used the route two years later and Martin Murphy, Jr. was a member of the party who rescued them.
The Heritage Park Museum offers an historic photo of the Murphy House. (Submitted on April 27, 2010.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,417 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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