“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

First Honeybees in California

State Historic Landmark #945 Photo, Click for full size
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 12, 2007
1. State Historic Landmark #945
The State Historic Landmarks plaque is dedicated to the memory of San Jose City Historian Clyde Arbuckle.
Inscription. Here, on the 1,939-acre Rancho Potrero de Santa Clara, Christopher A. Shelton in early March 1853 introduced the honeybee to California. In Aspinwall, Panama, Shelton purchased 12 beehives from a New Yorker and transported them by rail, “Bongo” pack mule, and steamship to San Francisco. Only enough bees survived to fill one hive, but these quickly propagated, laying the foundation for California’s modern beekeeping industry.
Erected 1983 by State Department of Parks & Recreation, E Clampus Vitus Mountain Charlie chapter 1850,. (Marker Number 945.)
Location. 37° 21.96′ N, 121° 55.458′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Airport Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. San Jose Municipal Airport, in front of Terminal C. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1661 Airport Boulevard, San Jose CA 95110, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Sites of Mission Santa Clara de Assis (approx. 0.9 miles away); Santa Clara Depot (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Santa Clara Depot (approx.
First Honeybees in California Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 12, 2007
2. First Honeybees in California Marker
Today all that remains of the 1,939-acre Rancho Potrero de Santa Clara, is this state historic landmarks plaque. San Jose's Norman Y. Mineta International Airport now occupies the site.
1.1 miles away); The Santa Clara Interlocking Control Tower (approx. 1.1 miles away); Santa Clara Tower (approx. 1.1 miles away); Santa Clara Mission (approx. 1.2 miles away); Santa Clara Women’s Club Adobe (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Walnut Growers Association (approx. 1.4 miles away).
More about this marker. Now, February, 2016, this marker is located in front of Terminal B, at 1701 Airport Boulevard, Suite B 1240, the USO.
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First Honeybees in California Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Barry Swackhamer, February 24, 2016
3. First Honeybees in California Marker
Western Honeybee (Apis mellifera) Photo, Click for full size
4. Western Honeybee (Apis mellifera)
In early March 1853, Christopher A. Shelton introduced the honeybee to California.
San Jose International Airport Photo, Click for full size
5. San Jose International Airport
Airport now occupies the land where the Rancho Potrero de Santa Clara once stood.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 2,419 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4, 5. submitted on , by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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