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

Bull and Bear Fights

 
 
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By Jim Cirner
1. Bull and Bear Fights Marker
Inscription. This is the location of one of the last known bull and bear rings in California, where the animals were placed in a wooden stockade and local settlers would bet on the outcome of their fight.

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° 
Bull and Bear Fights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Cirner
2. Bull and Bear Fights Marker
58.544′ N, 122° 1.304′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Dakota Avenue. 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 County Bank (approx. mile away); Tom Scribner (approx. mile away); Pacific Avenue Commercial Building (approx. mile away); People's Bank (approx. mile away); Santa Cruz Main Post Office (approx. mile away); Santa Cruz County World War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Theatre Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Hihn 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. AnimalsSports
 
 
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 367 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.
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