Santa Clara in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Battle of Santa Clara
January 2-7, 1847
As you face towards City Hall, the battle area ranged from your left, towards Lawrence Expressway, to your right, towards the De La Cruz overpass. The American Expeditionary force emerged from the trees, on a road that reached the present El Camino Real at Pomeroy Avenue. At that point they first sighted the deployed rancheros on horseback on the open plain. When the Americans’ cannon mired in the mud, halting their march, the rancheros came closer. This site was near where today El Camino crosses Saratoga Creek. An exchange of gunfire occurred with no one hurt. The rancheros returned to their camp, within sight of the people watching from the mission rooftops. After extracting their cannon from the mud the Americans continued to the mission. The skirmishing lasted approximately two hours, but it took five days of negotiations before the official treaty ceremony ended the Battle of Santa
Erected 2000 by Santa Clara Historical and Landmarks Commission.
Location. 37° 21.156′ N, 121° 57.234′ W. Marker is in Santa Clara, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on El Camino Real near Lincoln Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Geoffrey C. "Geof" Goodfellow Sesquicentennial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Clara CA 95050, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Armistice Oak Tree Site (here, next to this marker); De Anza Expedition 1775 – 1776 (here, next to this marker); Saint Clare (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Clara Campaign Treaty Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Fatjo House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Austen D. Warburton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Headen-Inman House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Clara.
More about this marker. This marker base is a three sided-triangular base. On the front is mounted the nearby marker "Armistice Oak Tree Site", on the left is the Armistice Oak Tree Site Rededication Plaque and this marker is mounted on the right side.
Categories. • War, Mexican-American •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,699 times since then and 93 times this year. Last updated on March 19, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 10, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.