Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Isaac Graham: “Swashbuckling Soldier of Fortune
“Trapper, Hunter, Riﬂeman, Ranchero, Lumberman and Litigant”
—1800 – 1863 —
He organized Los Rifleros Americanos and joined Juan Alvarado to oust the Governor of Monterey and put Alvarado in the Governor’s seat in Monterey. He was later arrested and sent to a prison in Monterey and then Mexico.
After being released he moved to the Zayante Rancho and later acquired the Rancho where he went into a partnership with Joseph Majors, Fredrick Hogel and Peter Lassen to start the first water-powered lumber mill in California. He also acquired 17,000 acres in Ano Nuevo.
An acquaintance once described him as being “so well thought of that he was feared by any one in opposition and that all parties desired to have him on their side for they feared the crack of his terrible rifle”.
Erected 2004 by E Clampus Vitus, El Viceroy Marquez de Branciforte Chapter 1797.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 58.879′ N, 122° 2.1′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California Click for map. This marker is located in the Evergreen Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 261 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arthur A. Taylor (a few steps from this marker); California Pioneers (a few steps from this marker); Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Amney Case (within shouting distance of this marker); Grave of Grove C. Cook (within shouting distance of this marker); Lady of the Night (within shouting distance of this marker); Louden (London) Nelson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonial Revival Style (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Santa Cruz.
Also see . . . Captain Isaac Graham. Captain Isaac Graham...was a true California hero worth knowing. (Submitted on January 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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