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Clayton in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Joaquin Murrieta

 
 
Joaquin Murrieta Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2009
1. Joaquin Murrieta Marker
Inscription. Born in Mexico in 1832 the renowned "Robin Hood of the El Dorado" spent his early days in Californa working in Contra Costa County as a vaquero before turning bandit.
Dedicated By
Joaquin Murrieta Chapter No. 13
E Clampus Vitus
November 6, 1976 in Commemoration
of our Bicentennial Year

 
Erected 1976 by Joaquin Murrieta Chapter No. 13 of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 56.481′ N, 121° 56.096′ W. Marker is in Clayton, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Morris Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6101 Main Street, Clayton CA 94517, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Joel Clayton House (here, next to this marker); The Clayton Club (within shouting distance of this marker); The Growler Saloon – Goethals Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Clayton
Joaquin Murrieta Marker and Rededication Plaques image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2009
2. Joaquin Murrieta Marker and Rededication Plaques
The Clamper's Joaquin Murrieta Chapter No. 13 rededicated the marker on September 20, 1986. And re-rededicated it on October 26, 1996. And re-re-rededicated it on October 13, 2006.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Clayton Post Office (about 400 feet away); Black Diamond Way (about 400 feet away); Endeavor Hall (about 600 feet away); De Martini Winery (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clayton.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a thigh-high stone monument located on the grounds of the Clayton Historical Society Museum, just to the left of the walkway leading to the museum.
 
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 than facts. (Submitted on November 15, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Joaquin Murrieta Marker With Clayton Historical Society Museum image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2009
3. Joaquin Murrieta Marker With Clayton Historical Society Museum
The museum, visible behind the marker's monument, was first built as a house for the city's founder, Joel Clayton, around 1860, where Mitchell Creek meets Mount Diablo Creek. The house was moved to its current site in 1976, and opened as a museum in 1978.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,210 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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