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Dr. John Towsend

 
 
Dr. John Towsend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2012
1. Dr. John Towsend Marker
Inscription.
Born in Pennsylvania, died in San Jose
Dec. 8, 1850
A leader of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy
Party of 1844
First American M.D. to settle in California
Served as physician, alcalde, and councilman in San Francisco before moving to a farm north of San Jose. He and his wife contacted cholera and died while attending patients in the 1850 epidemic.
 
Erected 1994 by CA NV HI Chapter Oregon-California Trails Assn.
 
Location. 37° 17.867′ N, 121° 51.428′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Curtner Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located on the northern edge, next to "Oak Hill Avenue", of the Pioneer Section in Oak Hill Cemetery. The cemetery is located at the intersection of Curtner Avenue and Monterey Highway (State Route 82). Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Curtner Avenue, San Jose CA 95125, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Donner, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Jean Jacques Vioget (within shouting distance of this marker); William Henry Eddy (about 300
Dr. John Towsend Marker and Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2012
2. Dr. John Towsend Marker and Gravesite
feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Louis H. and Anna M. (Grandma) Bascom (about 600 feet away); Montgomery Maze (about 800 feet away); Margaret Caldwell Fox (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles Henry McKiernan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dashaway Stables (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Additional markers commemorating the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party
 
Also see . . .  Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party. Elisha Stephens was elected captain of the wagon train, because he had spent several years as a mountain man and beaver hunter in the Pacific Northwest. He also had skills as a blacksmith. Dr John Townsend, his wife, Elizabeth, and her younger brother, Moses Schallenberger, were going west because he was a man of vision and wanted a chance at grand adventure and opportunity in California. He would become the first licensed physician in California. (Submitted on February 4, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Stephen-Townsend-Murphy Party
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 417 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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