“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Davenport in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Davenport Jail

Davenport Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Cirner
1. Davenport Jail Marker
Inscription. Built in 1914, the entire structure is made of Santa Cruz Portland Cement from the nearby Davenport Cement Plant. During its history, the two-cell jail saw little use in this peaceful community.

It once held two boys from San Mateo while they thought about their horse-stealing lark and occasionally provided accommodations for the local inebriate.

After the new Front Street Jail opened in Santa Cruz in 1936, the tiny Davenport facility fell into disuse. Today, the building houses exhibits about the history of Davenport and the North coast region.
Erected 2014 by El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte E Clampus Vitus Chapter 1797.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 0.685′ N, 122° 11.658′ W. Marker is in Davenport, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Center Street east of Cabrillo Highway (California Highway 1), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1914 Center Street, Davenport CA 95017, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Historic Foresters Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Davenport Jail image. Click for full size.
By El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte Chapter No 1797-ECV
2. Davenport Jail
Marker is visible mounted on the wall to the right of the entrance door.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washout 1997 to 2001 (approx. 3.9 miles away); Swanton Pacific Ranch (approx. 4 miles away); Swanton (approx. 4.3 miles away); Big Creek Light and Power Company (approx. 4.6 miles away); Historic Lime Kilns (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Cremer House (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Davenport.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Davenport Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Davenport Jail Marker
Special thanks to the following community members for their support with the restoration and preservation of the Davenport Jail.

Roland Law, Violi Law, Frank Olimpio Jr, Karen McNally, Josie Celebrado Gilbert, Jason Selman, Maria Olivas, Cindy Escobar, George Majors, William Henry, Jose Guerrero-Flores, Bob Piwarzyk, Paul Figueroa, Satish Sheth, Ken Kanagaard, Lud McCrary, Bud McCrary, Steve Hicks, Butch Huff, David Lundberg, ECV 1846-Monterey Viejo, ECV 1797-Branciforte, North Coast Reunion Committee, Todd Cook, Jerry Cook, Jesse Katz, Lou Bach, Noel Bach, David Handcoff, Renee Kwan, Janet Pollock, Mark Primick, Walt Dennig, Marty DeMare
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