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

The Swift Adobe

California Historical Landmark 345

The Swift Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 17, 2011
1. The Swift Adobe Marker
The first house in Glenn County
Built about 1848
Granville P. Swift
A member of the Bear Flag Party, who came to California from Oregon in 1844. The site is 150 yards east on the banks of Hambright Creek. The house was built of clay by Indians. He soon had herds of cattle ranging up and down the valley tended by Indian vaqueros and he made a fortune mining on the Feather River with his Indian laborers.

Orland Bicentennial Committee
Erected by Orland Bicentennial Committee.
Location. 39° 45.601′ N, 122° 11.805′ W. Marker is in Orland, California, in Glenn County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 99W and Jacqueline Drive on State Highway 99W. Click for map. If driving north from Orland, Sixth Street turns into Hwy 99W. The marker is about a mile north of the Orland Arch. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4560 Hwy 99W, Orland CA 95963, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Papst Flour Mill Site (approx. 1.1 miles away); William Semple Green (approx. 7.9 miles away); Maywood Woman's Clubhouse (approx. 11.6
The Swift Adobe Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 17, 2011
2. The Swift Adobe Marker - wide view
The marker is located on the east side of Highway 99W, in front of a small clump of trees.
miles away); Miners Inn (approx. 11.6 miles away); The Hotel Maywood (approx. 11.7 miles away); Lassen Trail - Lassen Rancho Site (approx. 14.1 miles away); Bayliss Library (approx. 14.6 miles away); Western Star Lodge No. 2 Free and Accepted Masons (approx. 15 miles away).
Regarding The Swift Adobe. The site of Swift’s adobe, long-vanished, is on the south bank of Hambright Creek about 100 yards east of the railway north of Orland. Swift is credited with planting the first barley in the Northern Sacramento Valley, and it is reported that he acquired a large fortune in gold from the Feather River following the John Bidwell gold discovery at Bidwell’s Bar. Legend has it that he buried his gold around his adobe and many have dug around the area looking for it, but no gold has ever been found.
Also see . . .
1. Granville P. Swift Adobe. The California Office of Historic Preservation's description: "Granville P. Swift crossed the plains to Oregon in 1843 and entered California with the Kelsey party in 1844. In 1849, in partnership with Frank Sears, he purchased the cattle and brand of the Larkin grant from J. S. Williams. Swift soon had droves of cattle herded by Indian vaqueros, and rodeos were held annually at this adobe site." (Submitted on April 21, 2011.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Granville P. Swift (retrieved 4/20/11). Granville Perry Swift (May 1, 1821 in Lexington, Kentucky – April 21, 1875) was a California pioneer who participated in the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846 and who was highly successful at gold mining. His great-uncle was Daniel Boone. (Submitted on April 21, 2011.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 620 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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