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

Bell Station

 
 
Bell Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2012
1. Bell Station Marker
Inscription. A toll road was built over Pacheco Pass in 1857 by Andrew D. Firebaugh. Later in that same year he built a tavern near this site, which became a Butterfield transcontinental stage stop. In 1859 the Pacific and Atlantic Company built a telegraph line over the pass and a telegraph station was established here.

Lafayette F. Bell purchased the toll road, stage stop, tavern, and telegraph office for $4,000 in 1863. When a post office was added in 1873, the tavern and stage stop became known as Bell Station.

Bell Station may be the sole remaining name on the California map in which "Station" refers not to a railroad station, but a stage coach station.
Dedicated October 19, 1985
In Memory of XSNGH Carl Briggs, 1925-1985.

 
Erected 1985 by E Clampus Vitus; Monterey Viejo Chapter No. 1846 & Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 2.209′ N, 121° 18.65′ W. Marker is in Hollister, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Pacheco Pass Highway (State Highway 152) east of Kaiser Aetna Road (unsigned), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map.
Bell Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2012
2. Bell Station Marker
The marker is located next to the Bell Station Restaurant. The entrance to the restaurant is off of Kaiser Aetna Road (unsigned), which leads to an entrance of Henry Coe State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15100 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister CA 95023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1843 - Rancho de San Luis Gonzaga - 1931 (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Old Adobe of Rancho San Luis Gonzaga (approx. 5.2 miles away); Cottage Corners (approx. 12.6 miles away); Hollister Train Service (approx. 13.7 miles away); Site of San Justo Ranch Home (approx. 13.8 miles away); William Clyde "Wino Willie" Forkner, Jr. (approx. 13.8 miles away); State Theatre (approx. 13.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The Bell Station Restaurant has been closed for several years. A 'pepper' tree next to the building has over grown and obscured the marker.
 
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Bell Station Restaurant, closed image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2012
3. Bell Station Restaurant, closed
The marker is hidden by the tree on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 708 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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