Freedom in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
1862 - 1877
A tiny village where violence, hangings, drinking, and bull and bear fights were part of daily life. Located on the old Santa Cruz Road, which crossed a portion of the San Andreas and Corralitos ranchos. As the town became more civilized, the name was changed to Freedom.
Originally erected in the rear (outside corner) of the Whiskey Hill Saloon, the plaque above was torn apart when the bar owner realized that even with this plaque, his bar was not a Clamper “Watering Hole.” The plaque survived; the bar did not. Re-erected here at the Wooden Nickel Bar & Grill in recognition of its status as the last remaining bar in Freedom and in celebration of the spirits of Whiskey Hill.
El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte Chapter 1797
E Clampus Vitus
Erected 1982 by Monterey Viejo Chapter 1846, El Vinceroy Marques Chapter 1797, E Clampus Vitus and Pajaro Valley Historical Assocation,.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 56.082′ N, 121° 46.399′ W. Marker is in Freedom, California, in Santa Cruz County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1819 Freeedom Boulevard, Freedom CA 95019, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charley Darkey Parkhurst (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Discovery of California Redwoods (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 1½ miles away); St. Patricks Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Watsonville (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Apple Annual (approx. 1.8 miles away); James A. Hall (approx. 1.8 miles away); Where Strawberries are Sweeter (approx. 1.9 miles away).
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 456 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 26, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.