Daly City in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Broderick – Terry Duel
Erected 1949 by California Centennial Commission, County Board of Supervisors, and San Mateo County Historical Association. (Marker Number 19.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 37° 42.49′ N, 122° 29.05′ W. Marker is in Daly City, California, in San Mateo County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Lake Merced Boulevard, Daly City CA 94015, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ground Beneath Your Feet (approx. one mile away); Granville House (approx. 1.1 miles away); If it's Summer, Bring a Sweater (approx. 1.2 miles away); Where Daly City Started Welcome to Ocean Beach (approx. 2.2 miles away); Mount Olivet Cemetery Office and Streetcar Line (approx. 2.3 miles away); Colma Historical Museum (approx. 2.3 miles away); Railroad Semaphore Signal (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daly City.
More about this marker. Marker is located at the entrance to the trail to the duel site. The duel site is a short walk from the marker.
Regarding Broderick – Terry Duel. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 19 on June 1, 1932.
Also see . . .
1. The Last Duel in San Francisco History. Among the most arcane of Bay Area historical landmarks is the site of the Broderick-Terry duel, September 13, 1859. Designated California State Historical Landmark No. 19, two granite shafts mark the spots near Lake Merced (1100 Lake Merced Boulevard, Daly City) where two distinguished pioneer gentlemen stood in defense of their honor. (Submitted on April 26, 2009.)
2. The Broderick Terry Duel. Dueling was still considered (Submitted on April 26, 2009.)
3. The Broderick - Terry Dual. (Submitted on March 29, 2010.)
1. From the Guide to Old Sacramento by Robert Miller, Published by River City Press, 1976:
In Old Sacramento on “L” Street there was the Magnolia Saloon. The saloon served as headquarters for Senators David Broderick and William Gwin. They were both Democrats and started out as allies but ended up as mortal enemies. As the Civil War approached their differences became more apparent. Broderick was a strong Unionist and Gwin was a Southern sympathizer. Gwin's friend and a hot-tempered protege, Chief Justice David S. Terry was so incensed by Broderick's pro-Union attitudes that he resigned his position, goaded Broderick into a duel, shooting and killing him. For a short time it appeared that California, under the thumb of pro-slavery leadership, would join the South, but Gwin was arrested on a boat heading for Washington,
— Submitted May 3, 2009.
2. Native Sons of the Golden West Affiliation with Site
Although the marker itself was not placed by the NSGW, it has been documented that in 1917 they placed the granite shafts at the spots where the two men stood and therefore qualifies being included in the Native Sons/Daughters Marker Series.
— Submitted May 1, 2016, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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