Near Martinez in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Dr. John Marsh
September 24, 1856
Historical Landmark No. 722
Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Martinez Horsemen's Association, February 22, 1960.
Erected 1960 by Califonia State Park Commission; Martinez Horsemen's Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is February 22, 1927.
Location. 38° 0.319′ N, 122° 5.254′ W. Marker is near Martinez, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Pacheco Boulevard, 0.1 miles south of Arthur Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4575 Pacheco Boulevard, Martinez CA 94553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Window into the Past (approx. 1˝ miles away); From an Accident to a Preserve (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Christian Brothers Winery (approx. 2.2 miles away); 3220 Alhambra (approx. 2.4 miles Don Fernando Pacheco Adobe (approx. 2˝ miles away); De Anza Expedition 1775-1776 (approx. 2˝ miles away); John Muir Home (approx. 2˝ miles away); Vicente Martinez Adobe (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Martinez.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a large stone monument across the street from the Tire Distribution Systems, Inc. facility.
Also see . . . Remembering colorful but unpopular pioneer. Carl Nolte's San Francisco Examiner article (9/24/06) on Marsh and the efforts to turn the remnants of his home and ranch into a state park:"... Marsh was the first non-Hispanic settler to live in Contra Costa, the owner of a vast rancho and one of the richest men in California. He was a Harvard graduate and for a time was the only doctor in California..." (Submitted on March 2, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 1,198 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.