San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Winchester Mystery House
Mrs. Winchester was convinced by an occultist that the lives of her husband and daughter had been taken by the spirits of those killed by “The Gun that Won the West” and that she too would share their fate unless she would begin building a mansion for the spirits on which work would never stop nor be completed. She was promised life for as long as she kept building.
So, with $1,000 a day royalties from the Winchester Rifle fortune, the sounds of the carpenters’ tools could be heard 24 hours a day for almost 38 years as the diminutive lady built to live. And here is what was created.
Erected 1983 by Winchester Mystery House and Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 19.119′ N, 121° 57.05′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of South Winchester Boulevard and Olsen Drive on South Winchester Boulevard. Touch for map. The marker is beside the admissions gate to
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Winchester Mystery House (here, next to this marker); Winchester House (here, next to this marker); Captain Harry Love (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rev. Isaac Owen (approx. 1.2 miles away); “Eberhard” (approx. 1.2 miles away); California Wesleyan College (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Berryessa Adobe (approx. 1.6 miles away); Harris/Lass House (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
More about this marker. To keep with the tradition, this marker was dedicated on Friday the 13th.
Also see . . . The Winchester Mystery House - Beautiful but Bizarre!. Winchester Mystery House™ is an extravagant maze of Victorian craftsmanship – marvelous, baffling, and eerily eccentric, to say the least. (Submitted on April 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 504 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 3. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.