Stanford in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Gordon Hampton Oak
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Sports. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees 🌲 series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 17, 1931.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 326 Galvez Street, Stanford CA 94305, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away); The Gates of Hell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Motion Picture Research Commemoration (approx. 0.4 miles away); Electronics Research Laboratory (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hostess House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lou Henry Hoover House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Birthplace of “Silicon Valley” (approx. one mile away); Development of Motion Pictures (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stanford.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted flush to a low monument that is difficult to see from any distance.
Also see . . . Give ’em the Axe! (125.stanford.edu). "For decades, Stanford rallied for Big Game with an enormous pregame bonfire. Before the 1912 rally, Stanford’s Gordon Hampton was charged with guarding the pyre. High up in a large oak tree on what is now the southwest corner of Galvez Street at Campus Drive East, near today’s Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation, he spied Cal partisans bent on mischief and sounded the alarm. A plaque below the tree explains how Hampton “saved the day.” In 1992, environmental and safety concerns consigned the gigantic pyres in Lagunita’s dry lakebed to the bonfire of history. Recently, Stanford’s Axe Committee resurrected the bonfire rallies using a safer bonfire torch. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Stanford fans each year pass by the Gordon Hampton Oak, symbol of Cardinal vigilance, en route from central campus to Stanford Stadium."
(Note the "1912" date provided above is incorrect.) (Submitted on December 16, 2019.)
Additional keywords. football
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.