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Site of Juana Briones de Miranda Home on Rancho La Purisima Concepcion

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2012
1. Site of Juana Briones de Miranda Home on Rancho La Purisima Concepcion Marker
Inscription. In 1844 Juana de Briones de Miranda, a pioneer Latina property owner, businesswoman and humanitarian, purchased the 4,439 acre Rancho La Purisima Concepcion from Indian grantee Jose Gorgornio. The grant extended two miles south, encompassing Foothill College and most of Los Altos Hills. The site of the home that was constructed of earth inside a wooden crib is located up this street at 4155 Old Adobe Road. In addition to raising her seven children, Juana managed a large cattle ranch and was a noted curandera.
 
Erected 2007 by California State Parks in cooperation with Juana Briones Heritage Foundation and the City of Palo Alto. (Marker Number 524.)
 
Location. 37° 23.535′ N, 122° 8.373′ W. Marker is in Palo Alto, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Adobe Road and Old Trace Lane on Old Adobe Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4173 Old Adobe Road, Palo Alto CA 94306, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Juana Briones. This is her park. (approx. 1.3 miles away); Juana Briones Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mayfield Fire Bell (approx.
Site of Juana Briones de Miranda Home on Rancho La Purisima Concepcion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2012
2. Site of Juana Briones de Miranda Home on Rancho La Purisima Concepcion Marker
1.3 miles away); 398 and 388 Main Street (approx. 1.6 miles away); 316 Main Street (approx. 1.6 miles away); 395/397 Main Street (approx. 1.6 miles away); 306 Main Street (approx. 1.6 miles away); Los Altos Elementary School (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Palo Alto.
 
Also see . . .
1. Juana Briones Heritage. If this house could talk, it would tell stories about a Latina businesswoman, humanitarian, and landowner named Juana Briones who built a rare earthen-walled house in the 1840s in what later became Palo Alto. (Submitted on March 31, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Juana Briones House. The adobe house was taken down in 2011. Photos are offered here on the "Palo Alto Heritage" website. (Submitted on April 1, 2012.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 943 times since then and 2 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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