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Antioch in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The McCoy Cook House

 
 
The McCoy Cook House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 31, 2016
1. The McCoy Cook House Marker
Photographs of the interior on the right.
Inscription. This little house built by the McCoy's in 1861, at their ranch on the side of Kirker Pass, served as their first home. As time passed and the ranch became established, a much larger farmhouse was built for the family. It was then that the 2 room cottage became the "cook house". Inside, meals were prepared for the ranch hands during round-up and for the family, during the warm summer months, to keep the heat out of the main house.
At one time 5 people lived in this little house. Of course there was an outhouse, but you may wonder where they slept. Older children went to the barn in the warmer weather. For the adults, kitchen tables were folded up against the wall and springs and mattresses were lowered on the floor. Small children slept in cribs, or with their parents or under tables until they were too large. In those days, it was more important to have a good barn to protect the livestock, than it was to have a big house.
To your left you will see a mural that depicts a farm on the side of Kirker Pass, the original site of the "cook house". The building was move to the old Arata Ranch at the foot of Somersville Road and used by the Antioch School District as a display of pioneer living. In 2008 it was move to its present location on these museum grounds where it was restored to is current condition.
 
Location.
The McCoy Cook House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 31, 2016
2. The McCoy Cook House and Marker
38° 0.978′ N, 121° 49.574′ W. Marker is in Antioch, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from West 4th Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 West 4th Street, Antioch CA 94509, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Antioch High School Cupola (a few steps from this marker); Riverview Union High School (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Antioch War Dog Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Cannery Lady (approx. half a mile away); The Woman's Club of Antioch (approx. 0.7 miles away); F & AM - Antioch-Brentwood Lodge #175 Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Birthplace of Antioch (approx. mile away); July 4, Anno Domini, 1951 (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Antioch.
 
More about this marker. The McCoy Cook House is located next to the Antioch Historical Society Museum (the old Riverview Union High School).
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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