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Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mountain Charlies Cabin

“Right Wrongs Nobody”

 
 
Mountain Charlies Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 12, 2012
1. Mountain Charlies Cabin Marker
Inscription. Near this site Charles Henry “Mountain Charlie” McKiernan, native if Ireland, erected his cabin in 1850. The cabin was built of whip-sawed lumber cut from nearby redwood groves. Whip-sawing was a crude form of lumbering preformed by two men, one in a pit under the log and the other above.
 
Erected 1975 by E Clampus Vitus, Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850 & Monterey Viejo Chapter No. 1846.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 8.25′ N, 121° 59.251′ W. Marker is in Scotts Valley, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Mountain Charlie Road just east of Riva Ridge Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23104 Mountain Charlie Road, Scotts Valley CA 95066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mountain Charlie Road (approx. half a mile away); Mountain Charlie Bear Fight (approx. ¾ mile away); Patchen (approx. one mile away); Mountain Charlie Big Tree (approx. 1.4 miles away); Charles Martin Winery
Mountain Charlies Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 12, 2012
2. Mountain Charlies Cabin Marker
(approx. 2 miles away); Glenwood (approx. 2.1 miles away); Lexington Reservoir County Park (approx. 3.8 miles away); Lexington Reservoir (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scotts Valley.
 
Regarding Mountain Charlies Cabin. Charles McKiernan, "Mountain Charlie", settled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1851. He was born in Ireland in 1830. He left during the potato famine and came to California hoping to strike gold. He married Barbara Berricke Kelly in 1862, and they raised seven children. They raised sheep and cattle and planted orchards. On a hunting expedition in 1854 he was badly injured by a grizzly bear. He survived and lived another 38 years.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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