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

Charley Darkey Parkhurst

1812 – 1879

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 8, 2013
1. Charley Darkey Parkhurst Marker
Inscription.  Noted whip of the Gold Rush days. Drove stage over Mt. Madonna in early days of valley. Last run San Jaun to Santa Cruz. Death in cabin near the 7 Mile House, revealed “One Eyed Charlie,” a woman. The first woman to vote in the U.S. Nov. 3, 1868.
 
Erected 1955 by Pajaro Valley Historical Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesCivil Rights.
 
Location. 36° 55.546′ N, 121° 45.888′ W. Marker is in Watsonville, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker can be reached from Freedom Boulevard near 1395 Freedom Boulevard. This marker is located inside the Watsonville Pioneer Cemetery. The Parkhurst gravesite is in Section B, plot 20. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scotts Valley CA 95067, 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. Lest We Forget (approx. ¾ mile away); Whiskey Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. Patricks Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Watsonville (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Apple Annual
Charley Darkey Parkhurst Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 8, 2013
2. Charley Darkey Parkhurst Marker
(approx. one mile away); Men Die O Liberty That Thou Endurs (approx. 1.1 miles away); Where Strawberries are Sweeter (approx. 1.1 miles away); Judge Julius Lee House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watsonville.
 
More about this marker. Two different spellings of "Charley" are found.
Charley and Charlie.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Additional markers related to Charley Parkhurst
 
Also see . . .  Charley Parkhurst. Charley Darkey Parkhurst, often Charlie/Charlene/Charlotte or Parkhurst, born Mary Parkhurst (1812–1879), was an American stagecoach driver and early California settler. Assigned female at birth, Parkhurst lived as a man for most of his life and may have been the first female-assigned person to vote in California. (Submitted on January 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. LGBT, LGBTQ
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 799 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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