Pleasanton in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Restored by Robert and Elaine Koopman
Grand Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West
Robert R. Souza Grand President
Plaque funded by James D. Phelan Trust
Erected 1987 by Native Sons of the Golden West.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 37° 39.796′ N, 121° 52.346′ W. Marker is in Pleasanton, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Ray Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on the front of the building which now houses "Milfleur", a retail store . Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Ray Street, Pleasanton CA 94566, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J. W. Kottinger’s Barn (here, next to this marker); The Pleasanton Hotel (about Rancho El Valle de San Jose (approx. 0.7 miles away); Alviso Adobe Community Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); Francisco Solano Alviso Adobe (approx. 2.2 miles away); Alviso Adobe (approx. 2.2 miles away); Meadowlark Dairy - The Dairy Silo (approx. 2.2 miles away); Meadowlark Dairy – Dairy Manager’s House (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasanton.
Regarding Kottinger’s Barn. This site was listed with the California State Office of Historic Preservation on September 12, 1985.
This site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. It's period of significance is listed as 1850-1874.
1. From the Pleasanton Historic Downtown Walking Brochure:
"John Kottinger's barn was constructed in 1852 and later became Pleasanton's first jail. It is one of the few remaining adobe structures in the area and is the only building in Pleasanton to be designated by the National
Kottinger became the county's first Justice of the Peace in 1853. Since there were no public buildings at the time, Kottinger used his home for court and his barn for a jail. After criminals were convicted in Kottinger's courts, bandits waiting outside overcame the lawmen and helped the outlaws escape on horseback. Kottinger then had a tunnel built from the courthouse to the jail. Notable desperadoes such as Juaquin Murrietta, Juan Soto, and "Three Fingers" Jack Garcia were tried in Kottinger's court and escorted through the tunnel to jail."
— Submitted November 15, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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