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

First State Capital

 
 
First State Capital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 6, 2012
1. First State Capital Marker
Inscription. The first California State Legislature met on this site in 1849. San Jose was designated State Capital at the Constitutional Convention in Monterey after intensive lobbying by local representatives. The town made every effort to accommodate the Legislature, but the statehouse could not be readied on time, hotel facilities were inadequate, and an unusually wet winter caused flooding, making downtown streets impassable. The behavior of the legislators themselves earned the 1849 session the title “The Legislature of 1000 Drinks,” This inauspicious start, and pressure from communities eager to gain the status of capital for themselves, led to the legislators decision to move to Vallejo following their second and final meeting in San Jose in 1851.
 
Erected by San Jose History Walk. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Location. 37° 19.96′ N, 121° 53.354′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on South Market Street south of West San Fernando Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 172 South Markert Street, San Jose CA 95113, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Burning of San Jose Chinatown (a
First State Capital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 6, 2012
2. First State Capital Marker
few steps from this marker); First State Capitol Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinatown (within shouting distance of this marker); The Freedom Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza de Cesar E. Chavez (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Post Office (about 400 feet away); Site of Worlds First Broadcasting Station / World’s First Broadcasting Station (about 500 feet away); Herrold Radio Broadcasting Station (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
 
Categories. Government
 
Diagram of the San Jose History Walk image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
3. Diagram of the San Jose History Walk
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 479 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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