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Silverado in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Death of the California Grizzly

1908

 
 
Death of the California Grizzly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig,
1. Death of the California Grizzly Marker
Inscription. The Santa Ana Mountains, which encompass the canyons of Silverado, Modjeska and Trabuco, provided one of the last refuges for the state symbol, the Grizzly Bear.

At the turn of the century, beekeeping was an important local industry, providing not only product but also pollination service for area crops. Starting in 1903, it became evident that the marauding habits of at least one bear were disturbing the hives. With their livelihood threatened, the county game warden, Ed Adkinson, a beekeeper himself, organized a hunting party to track down the suspect. On January 5th 1908, their dogs picked up the scent of a bear, and so began a 5 mile chase through the mountains, eventually catching up to the Grizzly in a small canyon near Trabuco Canyon. Although the bear fought desperately to escape, the dogs and hunters prevailed. Finally, three shots from warden Adkinson ended a lineage dating back to a time preceding even the earliest native peoples of the Southwest. The bear was originally mistaken for a Black Bear and for a time was displayed in a shoe store in Santa Ana. Later the remains were shipped to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. for study and preservation. Regrettably, the Institution eventually lost track of the specimen and the last example of her breed was lost to history.
 
Erected
Death of the California Grizzly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 14, 2012
2. Death of the California Grizzly Marker
Photo taken at the dedication of the marker.
2012 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069 with the cooperation of Platrix Chapter No. 2 of E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 144.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 44.838′ N, 117° 38.284′ W. Marker is in Silverado, California, in Orange County. Marker is on Silverado Canyon Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located next to the U.S. Post Office. Marker is at or near this postal address: 28251 Silverado Road, Silverado CA 92676, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Carbondale (approx. one mile away); Modjeska's Home (approx. 2.7 miles away); Silverado (approx. 3.1 miles away); Loma Hanging Tree (approx. 5.6 miles away); Irvine Park (approx. 7.2 miles away); The Serrano Adobe (approx. 7.5 miles away); Heritage Hill Historic Park (approx. 7.6 miles away); a different marker also named Heritage Hill Historic Park (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silverado.
 
Categories. AnimalsNotable Places
 
Ursus magister californicus Merriam image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Jim Sleeper.
3. Ursus magister californicus Merriam
Dedication Patch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 14, 2012
4. Dedication Patch
6017 Fall 2012 Silverado
1069 ECV
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 749 times since then and 84 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3. submitted on October 6, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on October 14, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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