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

Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst

 
 
Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 8, 2013
1. Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst Marker
Inscription.
The first ballot by a woman in an American presidential election was cast on this site November 3, 1868
by
Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst
who masqueraded as a man for much of her life. She was a stagecoach driver in the Mother Lode Country during the Gold Rush days and shot and killed at least on e bandit. In her later years she drove a stagecoach in this area.

She died in 1879. Not until then was she found to be a woman. She is buried in Watsonville.
 
Erected by Soquel Volunteer Fire Department.
 
Location. 36° 59.31′ N, 121° 57.406′ W. Marker is in Soquel, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Soquel Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4747 Soquel Drive, Soquel CA 95073, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Capitola Superintendentís Office (approx. 1.1 miles away); Capitolaís Natural Riches (approx. 1.2 miles away); Venetian Court (approx. 1.2 miles away); China Beach (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Butterfield Stage stopped here.
Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 8, 2013
2. Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst Marker
The marker is mounted on the front of the Soquel Fire Station No. 3 building.
(approx. 1.9 miles away); S.S. Palo Alto (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Branciforte Adobe (approx. 3 miles away); Hotel Bayview (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst. Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst was not the first woman in the United States to vote in a federal election, but perhaps the first woman in California.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  She Was a Man! - Shadows of the Past. The "whip" Charley Parkhurst, like all the others before and after him, had sun baked, weathered skin, pulled gaunt across thick bones. (Submitted on January 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on February 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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