Near Brentwood in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
John and Abby Marsh
In Memory of
Abby Marsh died August 1855
John Marsh first doctor in California arrived 1836
Born 1799, Murdered Sept. 24 1856
Erected 1932 by Native Daughters of the Golden West, Donner Parlor #193.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 37° 53.289′ N, 121° 43.287′ W. Marker is near Brentwood, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Marsh Creek Road near Vineyards Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21664 Marsh Creek Road, Brentwood CA 94513, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Historic Brentwood Hotel (approx. 3.3 miles away); Byron (approx. 4.6 miles away); Byer/Nail House (approx. 5.1 miles away); Old Marsh Creek Springs (approx. 7.1 miles away); History of Marsh Creek Springs (approx. 7.1 miles away); Greenhouse Portal Mount Diablo Coal Field (approx. 9.1 miles away); Somersville Townsite (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brentwood.
More about this marker. The marker is located near the Marsh Creek Floodwater Retarding Dam.
Also see . . .
1. John Marsh (pioneer) - Wikipedia. ... in 1841, when the first American emigrant party, the Bartleson-Bidwell Party, came to California from Missouri, Marsh invited them to be his guests, and thus the California Trail terminated in Brentwood... Marsh conducted a letter-writing campaign espousing the California climate, soil and other reasons to settle there, as well as the best route to follow, which became known as "Marsh's route." His letters were read, reread, passed around, and printed in newspapers throughout the country, and started the first significant immigration to California. (Submitted on May 16, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. The Stone House -- John Marsh Historic Trust. After Marsh’s death, the rancho and the stone house passed to his two surviving children: Alice, his daughter by Abby, and Charles, his son by a French-Sioux woman named Marguerite who had lived with him back in Illinois. Today the Marsh House stands in a state of “arrested decay.” (Submitted on May 16, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 16, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.