Livermore in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Joaquin Murrieta and Murrieta's Well
In the early 1850's Joaquin Murrieta roamed this land. Most famous as an avenging outlaw or a Robin Hood, Joaquin Murrieta and his men were above everything else horsemen, and of the best of breeds.
Wild horses, abundant in those days around the Sacramento Delta, were rounded up by Joaquin and his men and driven to Sonora, Mexico, where they were sold at high prices.
One of Joaquin's favorite camps was at this spot because he claimed the water here was the best in the country where he rode.
This fountain is over the artesian well that Joaquin Murrieta favored to water his herds of wild mustangs.
Dedicated April 16, 1994
Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13
E Clampus Vitus
Erected 1994 by Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13 of E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 39.56′ N, 121° 44.065′ W. Marker is in Livermore, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Mines Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3005 Mines Road, Livermore CA 94550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Concannon Vineyard (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wente Bros. Winery (approx. 0.6 miles away); William M. Mendenhall 1823 – 1911 / De Anza Expedition Campsite (approx. 1.7 miles away); Veteran's Memorial Building (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mills Square Flag Pole (approx. 2.3 miles away); First Presbyterian Church Memorial Chapel (approx. 2.3 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 2.3 miles away); D. F. Bernal Building (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Livermore.
More about this marker. The marker is located on the grounds of Murrieta's Well Winery on Mines Road in Livermore. To find the marker, simply turn at the winery sign and follow the driveway to the parking lot. The marker is located in the parking lot, in front of the fountain.
Also see . . . Tales of Contra Costa County. The Contra Costa County Historical Society's collection of interesting historical stories. Of particular interest in this context is William Mero's essay, Joaquin Murrieta: Literary Fiction or Historical Fact?. Mero examines the evidence and comes to the conclusion that Murrieta was a cold-blooded killer, and that the myth that grew up around Murrieta after his death was based on wishful thinking and tall tales rather (Submitted on April 14, 2009.)
Categories. • Hispanic Americans • Notable Persons • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 6,054 times since then and 94 times this year. Last updated on March 9, 2019, by Larry Mathewson of Hayward, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 14, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.