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

Augustus T. Dowd

1823 - 1893

 
 
Augustus T. Dowd Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, February 18, 2016
1. Augustus T. Dowd Marker
Inscription.  
Effective discoverer of the Calaveras Big Trees

 
Erected 1966 by E Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 37° 15.132′ N, 122° 2.19′ W. Marker is in Saratoga, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Oak Street near 6th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14766 Oak Street, Saratoga CA 95070, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of Madronia Cemetery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saratoga's First School House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grover House (approx. 0.4 miles away); McCarthy Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hutchinson /Cloud-Smith Store/Samuel Cloud House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Martin McCarty's Toll Gate (approx. 0.4 miles away); John C. Hutchinson Building
Augustus T. Dowd Grave and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, February 24, 2016
2. Augustus T. Dowd Grave and Marker
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); Methodist-Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saratoga.
 
More about this marker. The grave and marker are in Section 28 of Madronia Cemetery, on the right when traveling south within the cemetery on Madrona Avenue East.
 
Also see . . .  History of the giant sequoia - Monumental Trees. The old sequoia first seen by Augustus T. Dowd, was named "The Discovery Tree". After withstanding storms and forest fires for many centuries, in 1852 the tree encountered a western man. A year later the tree was felled...
It took five men and 22 days... and after counting the tree rings it appeared that this tree was 1300 years old. The remaining stump was used as a dance floor...
(Submitted on February 25, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Augustus T. Dowd Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Contemporary lithograph
3. Augustus T. Dowd Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 25, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 25, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Oct. 4, 2022