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San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Bernal Adobe Site and Bear Tree

 
 
The Bernal Adobe Site and Bear Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 14, 2012
1. The Bernal Adobe Site and Bear Tree Marker
Inscription. This parcel, known as the Bernal Adobe Site, is part of the Rancho Santa Teresa Historic District of Santa Clara County. Ancestors of Mowekma Ohlone Indians used this area as a large permanent cemetery and village site as long ago as 3,000 years due in part to the existence of nearby Santa Teresa Springs. In 1776, the Spanish Expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza passed near this area, bringing 14 year old Poblacore (Populator) Jose Joaquin Bernal (1762-1837). In 1826 Jose Joaquin returned to the area and received a 9,647 acre land grant which he called Rancho Santa Teresa. Bernal was one of many retired Spanish soldiers from the Presidio of San Francisco and Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe to be rewarded with large land grants. The grants were given to individuals after the secularization of mission lands in the 1828’s. This site is also known as the Bear Tree Lot because it is believed to contain one of the great oaks to which bears would be tethered prior to Bear-Bull Fights. These contests took place as part of the rodeos held during the Spanish-Mexican Rancho era of Alta California. Jose Joaquin’s grandson Ygnacio Bernal (1841-1906) built his home beside a milk house in the center of this lot. This significant site became a part of Santa Teresa County Park in 1998. California Archeological Site CA-SCL-125; Santa Clara County Heritage
The Bernal Adobe Site and Bear Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 14, 2012
2. The Bernal Adobe Site and Bear Tree Marker
Resource, San Jose City Landmark.
 
Erected 1996 by California Trails and Greenways Foundation, Bob Biggs Realtor, Friends of Santa Teresa Park, Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Dept.. Children for Oak Grove School Dist,, Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850 E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 37° 13.637′ N, 121° 47.566′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Curie Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 277 Curie Drive, San Jose CA 95119, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Almaden Quicksilver Mine (approx. 1.5 miles away); Hayes Mansion (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Hayes Mansion (approx. 2.9 miles away); Frontier Village (approx. 3.1 miles away); Goodrich Quarry (approx. 3.2 miles away); New Almaden (approx. 3.7 miles away); Casa Grande (approx. 3.7 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named New Almaden Quicksilver Mine (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Categories. Hispanic Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 668 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 18, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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