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near Calistoga in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

To Commemorate..."Petrified Charlie"

 
 
To Commemorate..."Petrified Charlie" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
1. To Commemorate..."Petrified Charlie" Marker
Inscription.  To Commemorate
... The discovery of the petrified forest by "Petrified Charlie" in the year 1870.
... The meeting with Robert Louis Stevenson immortalized in the book, "Silverado Squatters."
... All those others whose lives were devoted to developing and preserving this forest.
 
Erected 1955 by Jeanette and Charles J. Hawthorne.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: PaleontologySettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 38° 33.375′ N, 122° 38.307′ W. Marker is in near Calistoga, California, in Sonoma County. Marker can be reached from Petrified Forest Road near Porter Creek Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4100 Petrified Forest Road, Calistoga CA 94515, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Petrified Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Petrified Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 2.9
To Commemorate..."Petrified Charlie" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
2. To Commemorate..."Petrified Charlie" Marker
miles away); Old Faithful Steam Well (approx. 3.4 miles away); Calistoga Sam Brannan Center (approx. 3˝ miles away); Calistoga City Hall (approx. 3.6 miles away); Mount View Hotel (approx. 3.6 miles away); Calistoga Depot (approx. 3.6 miles away).
 
Robert Louis Stevenson Tree image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2017
3. Robert Louis Stevenson Tree
This is the first tree discovered by Charles Evans (Petrified Charley) in 1870. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about this tree and his encounter with "Petrified Charley" in his book the "Silverado Squatters." This tree is named in honor of their friendship.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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Oct. 20, 2020