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Near Martinez in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Dr. John Marsh
 
Dr. John Marsh Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 27, 2011
1. Dr. John Marsh Marker
 
Inscription.
California Pioneer
Murdered Here
September 24, 1856

California Registered
Historical Landmark No. 722

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Martinez Horsemen's Association, February 22, 1960.

 
Erected 1960 by Califonia State Park Commission; Martinez Horsemen's Association.
 
Location. 38° 0.319′ N, 122° 5.254′ W. Marker is near Martinez, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Pacheco Boulevard 0.1 miles south of Arthur Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4575 Pacheco Boulevard, Martinez CA 94553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vicente Martinez Adobe (approx. 2.5 miles away); John Muir Home (approx. 2.5 miles away); Martinez Public Library (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Vicente Martinez Adobe - 1849 (approx. 2.7 miles away); State Theatre (approx. 2.7 miles away); 736 Ferry Street (approx. 2.7 miles away); Contra Costa County Courthouse (approx. 2.7 miles away); Borland Home (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Martinez.
 
More about this marker.
 
Dr. John Marsh murder site and marker Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 27, 2011
2. Dr. John Marsh murder site and marker
"...I have this day recd from my Son the sad news of the death of my brother Dr. John Marsh of California. He was murdered by two Spaniards as he was riding in his buggy to Martinez & had arrived within two miles of that place & about 1/4 of a mile of Col. Tiff's House when he was dragged from his buggy his skull broken his throat cut from ear to ear & stabbed through the heart about 6 1/2 o'clock in the evening Sept. 24. His body was not found till the next morning when his horse wandered in too (sic) the town which aroused the suspicion where the people turned out & found him & arrested one of them before night. The Drs. money & $115 was found on him & he confessed enough to convict him & he was fully committed for trial..." Excerpt from the October 30, 1856 letter from James Marsh to Deacon Amos Tuck, informing him of his brother's death.
 
The marker is mounted on a large stone monument across the street from the Tire Distribution Systems, Inc. facility.
 
Also see . . .
1. Love, Life, and Death on the California Frontier: A Woman's Life in Old Contra Costa. William Mero's article for the Contra Costa County Historical Society on John Marsh and his wife, Abby, using excerpts on their papers from the Bancroft Library. (Submitted on March 2, 2011.) 

2. Who was Dr. John Marsh?. JohnMarshHouse.com (supporters of the efforts to turn Marsh's home into a state park) offers biographical information on Dr. John Marsh. (Submitted on March 2, 2011.) 

3. Remembering colorful but unpopular pioneer. Carl Nolte's San Francisco Examiner article (9/24/06) on Marsh and the efforts to turn the remnants of his home and ranch into a state park:"... Marsh was the first non-Hispanic settler to live in Contra Costa, the owner of a vast rancho and one of the richest men in California. He was a Harvard graduate and for a time was the only doctor in California..." (Submitted on March 2, 2011.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 539 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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