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San Leandro in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

County Courthouse

1868

 
 
County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
1. County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. The Alameda County Courthouse stood here between 1856 and 1868. In 1853 Alameda County was carved out of Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties. New Haven was its first county seat. The 1854 legislative session moved the county seat to more centrally-located San Leandro. Property for the courthouse was one of four parcels donated by the Estudillo family for public purposes. The building was constructed in 1856, with bricks made of clay taken from the site.

A major earthquake on the Hayward Fault on October 21, 1868, destroyed the courthouse. Deputy County Clerk J.W. Josselyn was killed, and four prisoners had to be rescued from the basement jail.

After the earthquake, county business was conducted in a nearby Methodist Church until a temporary courthouse was constructed. An election in 1873 moved the county seat from San Leandro to Oakland. St. Leanderís Church bought the property in 1880 and established St. Maryís School in the court building.
 
Erected by City of San Leandro.
 
Location. 37° 43.483′ N, 122° 9.552′ W. Marker is in San Leandro, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Davis Street (State Highway 61/112) and Clarke Street, on the right when traveling east on
County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
2. County Courthouse Marker
Davis Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Leandro CA 94577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Leandro Courthouse Site (here, next to this marker); The Little Brown Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Casa Peralta (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Leandro – Cherry Festivals (about 300 feet away); Historic Daniel & Meta Best Home (about 400 feet away); San Leandro – Industry (about 500 feet away); Estudillo Home (about 500 feet away); De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Leandro.
 
More about this marker. Marker is mounted on a pole on the southwest corner.
 
Categories. Government
 
Top of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
3. Top of the Marker
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
4. Photo Displayed on Marker
The Courthouse after the 1868 Earthquake.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 889 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 13, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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