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

Rankin Building

 
 
Rankin Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
1. Rankin Building Marker
Inscription.
Built in 1905 by Mrs. James Rankin
after fire destroyed two city blocks

Palm Garden Grill
W.C. Reed - Confectioner & Stationer
E. Pasch - Haberdasher
A.B. Wilson - Jeweler & Optician

Historic Marker No. V
Martinez Historical Society
July 4, 1990

 
Erected 1990 by Martinez Historical Society. (Marker Number V.)
 
Location. 38° 1.06′ N, 122° 8.144′ W. Marker is in Martinez, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Main Street near Ferry Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 736 Main Street, Martinez CA 94553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Morgan House (a few steps from this marker); Bergamini Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Hook Building (within shouting distance of this marker); 736 Ferry Street (within shouting distance of this marker); McNamara-McMahon Building (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall Apartment Building (within
Rankin Building (with marker visible on corner pillar) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
2. Rankin Building (with marker visible on corner pillar)
Frederick Hulaniski's 1917 The History of Contra Costa County, California notes: "...Fire Started August 19, 1904, in Stephenson patent cooler factory, wiping out two blocks, including the Curry livery stable, the opera-house, the Bank of Martinez, the McNamera-Winkelman Block, Rankin Building, and Commercial Hotel....."
shouting distance of this marker); The National Bank of Martinez (within shouting distance of this marker); State Theatre (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Martinez.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on the main street side of the building's corner pillar. The building currently houses the Martinez Jewelry Center.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Martinez Historical Society's Walking Tour of Martinez. "Sarah Rankin, ranch wife, mother of 8 and entrepreneur. Wife of James Rankin, Contra Costa Sheriff from 1885 to 1889." (Submitted on January 7, 2010.) 

2. Martinez Historical Society's our of the Martinez Cemetery. "Rankin Family: James Rankin was a Scottish immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1865. Coming from a coal mining area in Scotland, he came to Contra Costa and the mines at Nortonville in 1870. Later, he became a store owner. In 1884, he was elected Sheriff and in 1885 moved his family to Martinez. He served two terms as Sheriff. Rankin Park sits on a portion of the Rankin property. The olive orchard picnic area is a remnant of the 400 olive trees Rankin had planted. In 1893 he became president of the Bank of Martinez, a position he held until his death. Rankin family descendants continue to live in Martinez to this day." (Submitted on January 7, 2010.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 881 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on February 18, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 7, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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