Stockton in San Joaquin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Charles Weber and the Founding of Stockton
Arriving in California with the Bidwell Party in 1841, Charles Weber could not have anticipated the monumental changes that were to come to this region after the Gold Rush. Originally a native of Germany, Weber was an immigrant to California when it was governed by Mexico. In 1842, he went into business in San Jose with William Gulnac, a Mexican citizen. In 1845, after Weber himself became a Mexican citizen, he acquired Gulnac’s interest in a 48,747 acre Spanish land grant called “El Rancho del Campo de los Franceses,” a vast tract which included the future city of Stockton.
In 1847, Captain Weber had the village site surveyed and turned his full attention to settling the land and enticing settlers with free parcels. A few months later, in January, 1848, James Marshall discovered gold and initiated the California Gold Rush. Stockton, being the head of navigable waterways leading to the ocean, was uniquely positioned to grow into a thriving metropolis serving as California’s gateway to the southern mines.
In 1847, Weber established his residence on the peninsula that is now named Weber Point. He became a wealthy man, having reaped Gold Rush profits from his mining company and businesses. He built a magnificent home of redwood, adobe and brick on Weber Point which soon became a showplace among
Location. 37° 57.203′ N, 121° 17.615′ W. Marker is in Stockton, California, in San Joaquin County. Marker can be reached from West Weber Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located on the walkway at McCloud Lake across from Weber Point. Marker is in this post office area: Stockton CA 95202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sperry Flour Mill Office (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sister City Story (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Head of Navigation (about 600 feet away); Weber Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weber Point Home – 1850 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Compass Rose (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chinese 1976 Bicentennial Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockton.
Regarding Charles Weber and the Founding of Stockton.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,468 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 7, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 8. submitted on February 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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