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The Butterfield Stage stopped here.

Charley Parkhurst

 
 
The Butterfield Stage stopped here. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 3, 2013
1. The Butterfield Stage stopped here. Marker
Inscription.  ”One-eye Charley Parkhurst,” working as a driver for stage lines came to California seeking fortune in the gold fields until around 1860. Charley was small, slim and wiry. When he spoke it was in an oddly high-pitched voice. Charley died 1879 in a small cabin near Watsonville. It was discovered that Charley was a woman.

Some years earlier on November 3, 1868, Charley had cast a ballot in an election which made her the first woman to vote in the United States.
 
Erected 2000 by El Viceroy Marquez de Branciforte Chapter 1797, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists.
 
Location. 36° 57.797′ N, 121° 58.2′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Portola Drive east of 35th Avenue, on the right when
The Butterfield Stage stopped here. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 3, 2013
2. The Butterfield Stage stopped here. Marker
traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3530 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz CA 95062, 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. Venetian Court (approx. 1.1 miles away); Historic Lawn Way Cottages (approx. 1.2 miles away); Capitola’s Natural Riches (approx. 1.2 miles away); Camp Capitola Superintendent’s Office (approx. 1.3 miles away); Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst (approx. 1.9 miles away); China Beach (approx. 2 miles away); Fun, Fads, and Food (approx. 2½ miles away); Whiting’s Games (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
 
Also see . . .
1. Charlotte Parkhurst. If Eliza Farnham opened the door a crack for independent, self-supporting women, Charlotte Parkhurst kicked it open with a bang. Aside from Hank Monk, made famous by Horace Greeley’s description of a hair-raising ride over the Sierras as his passenger, the name Charlie Parkhurst stands out in the brief, exciting story of stagecoaching in the West.
From Joan Barriga's Survival with Style - The Women of the Santa Cruz Mountains (Submitted on January 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

2. Charley Parkhurst Facts and Legends - Fern J. Hill. A timeline of the life of Charley Parkhurst. (Submitted on January 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 539 times since then. Last updated on January 13, 2013. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Jan. 20, 2021