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Louden Nelson

 
 
Louden Nelson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 29, 2022
1. Louden Nelson Marker
Inscription.  
In Honor of
Louden Nelson
1800 – 1860
An ex-slave who left his estate to Santa Cruz Schools. He believed in education for all people.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCharity & Public WorkEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
 
Location. 36° 58.617′ N, 122° 1.729′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Mission Street, on the left when traveling west. The granite marker is at the top of the steps leading to the Santa Cruz City Schools Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 133 Mission Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "El Camino Real" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Santa Cruz Mission (about 500 feet away); Davis House (about 500 feet away); Site of Two Buildings Lost in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake (about 500 feet away); Willey House (about 500 feet away); Streamline Moderne
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(about 500 feet away); Town Clock (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Site of Two Buildings Lost in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Louden Nelson is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Santa Cruz. His headstone and marker can be found here
 
Also see . . .  How a man born into slavery became one of Santa Cruz’s most famous philanthropists.
"Details of London Nelson’s life are scant, and not a photograph or likeness remains. But a portrait emerges from historical accounts of a smart and resourceful man who was trusted and liked by adults and children alike, and who quickly joined in community and commercial life in his adopted town, going door-to-door selling produce grown on a plot by the river near what is now Downtown Santa Cruz."
(Submitted on September 6, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.) 
 
Louden Nelson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 29, 2022
2. Louden Nelson Marker
Louden Nelson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 29, 2022
3. Louden Nelson Marker
Louden Nelson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 29, 2022
4. Louden Nelson Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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