Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Bull and Bear Fights
Bull and Bear fights were brought to Santa Cruz by the settlers of Villa de Branciforte, established here in 1797 by the Spanish government of Mexico. Villa de Branciforte, centered on Branciforte Avenue in East Santa Cruz, was the last secular settlement in Alta California, as residents of the pueblo were not bound by a Catholic Mission.
Many festivities of the early Californios revolved around contests between animals. Branciforte Avenue doubled as a horse-racing track where vaqueros tested their horses' speed on a course measuring more than a mile long.
Bull and Bear baiting at this site continued until July 13, 1867. The practice was eventually outlawed, but the history lives on in the Wall Street terminology of bull or bear markets.
Erected 2011 by Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department and The Brothers of El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte Chapter 1797 Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 153 Dakota Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Santa Cruz Hall of Records 1882 / Salón de archivos de Santa Cruz 1882 (approx. ¼ mile away); Santa Cruz County Bank (approx. ¼ mile away); Tom Scribner (approx. ¼ mile away); Pacific Avenue Commercial Building (approx. ¼ mile away); People's Bank (approx. ¼ mile away); Santa Cruz Main Post Office (approx. ¼ mile away); Santa Cruz County World War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Theatre Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
Regarding Bull and Bear Fights. Marker is located at San Lorenzo Park.
Categories. • Animals • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 410 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.