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Santa Clara in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Captain Harry Love

 
 
Captain Harry Love Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
1. Captain Harry Love Marker
Inscription.  Here lies Captain Harry Love, who with a troop of twenty others, on July 25, 1853 allegedly killed bandits Joaquin Murrieta and Three Fingered Jack near Arroyo de Cantua, Fresno County, California.

Born in Vermont, Love first visited Alta California as a seaman in 1839. He served in the Mexican War of 1846 and later as an Army Express rider, and explorer of the Rio Grande. Love arrived in San Francisco in December of 1850 and took residence in Mariposa County. He was commissioned as Captain of the California Rangers on May 28, 1853 and in the following year married Mary McSwain Bennett of Santa Clara. Captain Harry Love died in the Mission City on June 29, 1868 from a wound he received in a gunfight with an employee of his then estranged wife.
 
Erected 2003 by Mountain Charlie Chapter #1850 & Joaquin Murrieta Chapter #13, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesLaw EnforcementWar, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1862.
 
Location.
Captain Harry Love Gravesite and Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
2. Captain Harry Love Gravesite and Monument
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37° 20.106′ N, 121° 57.026′ W. Marker is in Santa Clara, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from North Winchester Boulevard. Monument is located at the Mission City Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 North Winchester Boulevard, Santa Clara CA 95050, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rev. Isaac Owen (within shouting distance of this marker); “Eberhard” (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); California Wesleyan College (approx. half a mile away); The Berryessa Adobe (approx. half a mile away); Harris/Lass House (approx. half a mile away); Kiely House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Landrum House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dr. Henry Warburton House (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Clara.
 
Also see . . .
1. The California Rangers. As told by Captain W. J. Howard
“The rangers started out in May, 1853," to quote Howard. "We had order to ransack every nook from Marysville to Los Angeles to find Murietta.” (Submitted on November 5, 2009.) 

2. The Mountain Charlie Chapter Dedication of the Monument to Harry Love. There is also a sketch of Capt. Harry Love and Joaquin Murietta (Submitted on November 5, 2009.) 
 
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1. Captain Harry Love
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By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
3. Captain Harry Love Gravesite and Monument
the Mission City Memorial Park Self-Guided Walking Tour Brochure:

A member of the California Rangers, he is reputed to be the man who in 1853 killed and beheaded legendary bandit Joaquin Murietta for a $5,000 state award. It is said he called himself “The Black Knight of Zayante.” He was married to Mary S. Bennett, who also had two nicknames – “the strong woman of Santa Clara” and “The Santa Clara Amazon” – because of her girth and “loud, untempored language.” After his retirement from the Rangers, he moved to Ben Lomond to run a lumber mill. He is credited with putting in the first road to Felton, Ca.
    — Submitted November 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
 
Arroyo de Cantua Marker image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle
4. Arroyo de Cantua Marker
This marker, located in Coalinga, Fresno County, is near the location of the Joaquin Murrietta and Three Fingered Jack incident mentioned in marker text.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,808 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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