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

Captain Elisha Stephens

1804 - 1887

 

—A True Pioneer —

 
Captain Elisha Stephens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 4, 2009
1. Captain Elisha Stephens Marker
Inscription. Captain Stephens brought the first wagons over the snow covered Sierra Nevada Truckee Pass with no casualties in the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend party of 1844, arriving at Sutter's Fort with 11 wagons and 51 people plus 2 infants born on the way. Later wagon trains followed his trail less well. A blacksmith by trade, Elisha served under Commodore Stockton in ordnance in the Mexican war, 1846-48.

Stephens was the first American resident to homestead 160 acres in "Westside" (Cupertino) in 1848 which he called Blackberry Farm. In 1859, he added 155.57 acres from the Rancho San Antonio, making 315.57 acres. His favorite food was the ever-available rattlesnake. In 1862, he sold all his properties to George McCauley and William McClellan, respectively because the area had become "Too Durn Civilized!"
 
Erected 1995 by The CA-NV chapter of the Oregon-California Trail Association, Cupertino Historical Society, City of Cupertino, & Mountain Charlie Chapter, ECV.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 19.35′ N, 122° 3.617′ W. Marker is in Cupertino, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Stevens Creek
Captain Elisha Stephens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
2. Captain Elisha Stephens Marker
Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is located at the south-west corner of the Blue Phesant's Bar & Grill parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22100 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino CA 95014, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arroyo de San Joseph Cupertino (approx. half a mile away); St. Joseph’s College (approx. 1.8 miles away); Historic Loyola Corners (approx. 2.7 miles away); Garrod Farms (approx. 3.2 miles away); Site of Witness Tree (approx. 3.7 miles away); F.E. Cornell’s Country Store (approx. 4.2 miles away); Paul Masson Mountain Winery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Gubserville (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cupertino.
 
Regarding Captain Elisha Stephens. Stevens Creek Boulevard was named for
Elisha Stephens, with a change in spelling.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. A Trailblazer Who Relished “Rattlesnake Ragout”. An article on Elisha Stephens by Lisa Windes, published in the Mountain View Voice, January
Close-Up of Relief Art on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
3. Close-Up of Relief Art on Marker
4, 2002. (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. The Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party. (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,817 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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