“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Site of 21-Mile House

State Historic Landmark 259 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Leticia A. Kohnen, October 20, 2006
1. State Historic Landmark 259
Inscription.  This famous tavern and stage stop was located 21 miles from San Jose on the road to Monterey. The 21-Mile House was built in 1852 by William Host beneath a spreading oak that later was called the Vasquez Tree. The house was sold to William Tennant in November 1852. Now destroyed, this stopping station was a place where horses could be changed, fed, and stabled, and where tired and hungry passengers could refresh themselves.
Erected 1982 by State Department of Parks and Recreation, Pioneers of Santa Clara County, Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 259.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1852.
Location. 37° 6.766′ N, 121° 38.579′ W. Marker is in Morgan Hill, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Monterey Highway (U.S. 101) near Edmundson Ave.
Site of 21-Mile House Marker image. Click for full size.
April 25, 2009
2. Site of 21-Mile House Marker
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, on the right when traveling south. Marker plaque is located in Concrete planter on the Northwest corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morgan Hill CA 95037, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Page House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Morgan Hill United Methodist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Nob Hill Hiking Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away); de Anza Expedition (approx. 1.2 miles away); Oak Trees of Morgan Hill (approx. 1.2 miles away); Waiting For The Train (approx. 1.2 miles away); Murphy's Majestic Oak (approx. 1.2 miles away); Votaw Building (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgan Hill.
More about this marker. Nothing of the original 21-Mile House remains today.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2007. This page has been viewed 2,183 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on September 22, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California. Photos:   1. submitted on September 22, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   2. submitted on April 30, 2009. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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