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

Whiskey Hill

1862 - 1877

 
 
Whiskey Hill Marker - Upper Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
1. Whiskey Hill Marker - Upper Marker
Inscription.  
Upper Marker:
A tiny village where violence, hangings, drinking, and bull and bear fights were part of daily life. Located on the old Santa Cruz Road, which crossed a portion of the San Andreas and Corralitos ranchos. As the town became more civilized, the name was changed to Freedom.

Lower Marker:
Originally erected in the rear (outside corner) of the Whiskey Hill Saloon, the plaque above was torn apart when the bar owner realized that even with this plaque, his bar was not a Clamper “Watering Hole.” The plaque survived; the bar did not. Re-erected here at the Wooden Nickel Bar & Grill in recognition of its status as the last remaining bar in Freedom and in celebration of the spirits of Whiskey Hill.
Dedicated once and again on June 27, 1998
El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte Chapter 1797
E Clampus Vitus

 
Erected 1982 by Monterey Viejo Chapter 1846, El Vinceroy Marques Chapter 1797, E Clampus Vitus and Pajaro Valley Historical Assocation,.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
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Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1887.
 
Location. 36° 56.082′ N, 121° 46.399′ W. Marker is in Freedom, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is at the intersection of Freedom Boulevard and South Green Valley Road, on the right when traveling south on Freedom Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1819 Freeedom Boulevard, Freedom CA 95019, 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. Charley Darkey Parkhurst (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Discovery of California Redwoods (approx. 1.1 miles away); Flying A Gas Station (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 1˝ miles away); St. Patricks Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Watsonville (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Apple Annual (approx. 1.8 miles away); James A. Hall (approx. 1.8 miles away).
 
Lower Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
2. Lower Marker
Whiskey Hill Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
3. Whiskey Hill Markers
The markers are mounted on the wall between the two windows.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 1,149 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 26, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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