“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Gilroy, California

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San Jose is the county seat for Santa Clara County
Gilroy is in Santa Clara County
      Santa Clara County (529)  
      Alameda County (588)  
      Merced County (34)  
      San Benito County (50)  
      San Mateo County (182)  
      Santa Cruz County (255)  
      Stanislaus County (83)  
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1California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — “Alcalde”John Cameron Gilroy — “Legacy of Gilroy” Commemorating the Historic Hospitality District —
John Cameron Gilroy circa 1854 John Cameron Gilroy, native of Scotland, arrived in Spanish California in 1814, and became the first permanent English speaking settler. He married Maria Clara de la Ascencion Ortega, daughter of the family that . . . Map (db m68909) HM
2California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — A journey of a Lifetime
This boulder was originally located below this building near the edge of Uvas Creek. It was removed by helicopter in 1987 to protect it from erosion and vandalism, and moved to Mt. Madonna County Park. There it was vandalized further and moved to . . . Map (db m200822) HM
3California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Arrival of the SpanishLa llegada de los españoles
First contact between the Spanish expeditions and the Ohlone tribes was usually friendly. These encounters, recorded in expedition diaries, indicated that throughout Ohlone territory, the Spanish were treated as "distinguished guests," suggesting . . . Map (db m197734) HM
4California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Bonesio Winery
This land was originally part of the El Rancho Solis granted in 1828. The main home is one of the oldest wooden structures in the county. Part of the present residence dates back to 1833 and the redwood timbers were hauled from Mt. Madonna for its . . . Map (db m54056) HM
5California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Butterfield Overland Stage
On September 16, 1857, John Butterfield, a New Yorker, received a contract with the U.S. Post Office Department to establish reliable transportation between Missouri and San Francisco. As a young man he joined with Henry Wells and William . . . Map (db m57988) HM
6California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park
[This is a two-sided marker. Side-one being in English and Side-two being in Spanish:] [Side One:] CHITACTAC For over 3,000 years, this area around the Uvas Creek drainage supported large populations of ancestral Ohlone People. . . . Map (db m18508) HM
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7California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Coyote Lake – Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
In the 1830s, most of what is now the park was located on the Rancho San Francisco de las Llagas granted to Carlos Castro. The reservoir is found on early public lands and also on the lesser Rancho La Polka granted to Isabel Ortega; her father, . . . Map (db m18528) HM
8California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Food ProcessingCocina
The sandstone outcroppings along the eastern terrace of Uvas Creek are ideal for creating bedrock mortars, grinding slabs (metates), and cupules. Key to the aid of processing large quantities of foods were mortars (stone bowls) and . . . Map (db m197748) HM
9California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Franklin Family RanchSanta Clara County Historical Site
Bernard and Mabel Franklin moved to this property after its purchase in 1895. The home at this location had been built approximately 20 years prior, from Mt. Madonna Redwood. It has been home to four generations of Franklins. Bernard helped build . . . Map (db m54059) HM
10California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Gilroy
John Gilroy arrived in Monterey in 1814 on one of the North-West Co. trading ships; "ISAAC TODD," which he deserted. He then fled to the Santa Clara Valley, marrying Maria Clara Ortega and settling on Rancho San Ysidro. His rightful name was John . . . Map (db m112025) HM
11California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Gilroy Carnegie Library
This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. Carnegie Library, 1910.Map (db m18470) HM
12California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Henry Miller Summer Home
This park was once the summer home of "the cattle king" Henry Miller. Mr. Miller was the dominant partner in the firm Miller & Lux. The large foundation on your left was Mrs. Miller's home, and the other two foundations were a dining hall and . . . Map (db m54057) HM
13California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Ohlone BuildingsLos edificios de los ohlones
Ohlone villages contained a variety of structures. Some were used as houses, holding up to 8 to 12 people. Others were dug into the earth as partly underground assembly/dance houses. Other similar but smaller structures were used as . . . Map (db m198213) HM
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14California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Old City HallGilroy, California
This building was constructed in 1905 and restored by the Gilroy Historical Society to the memory of the pioneers of this area.Map (db m18495) HM
15California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Pioneering Murphy Family
Charting a course of their own to become founders of Santa Clara Valley In 1844, Martin Murphy Sr. brought his large, Irish family across the continent in the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend overland part. Their determination, optimism and close . . . Map (db m18546) HM
16California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Rancho San Ysidro / San Ysidro School
[This base is a two-sided monument commemorating both Rancho San Ysidro (side 1) and San Ysidro School (side 2)] RANCHO SAN YSIDRO In the early 1800's Rancho San Ysidro was granted to Ygnacio Ortega. After his death the lands were . . . Map (db m18484) HM
17California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Ranchos and GrowthCómo se desarrollaron los ranchos
Spanish colonization in the 1700s destroyed traditional Ohlone tribal life and threatened fragile ecosystems. In 1834, Mexico enacted a plan to reduce the areas under control of the missions. As part of this plan, the native people were . . . Map (db m198352) HM
18California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Rock ArtArte lítico
Petroglyphs are marking that are pecked, scratched, grooved or cut onto a rock surface. Two petroglygh types are present at Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park – cupules (small cup-like depressions) and cup-and-ring forms (concentric . . . Map (db m198359) HM
19California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Round HouseTupen-takCasa circular
Roundhouses were called tupen-tak in the Mutsun Ohlone language. They were widely used by the Central California Indian tribes for important ceremonies such as the Kuksu religion and other major dances. Traditionally, round houses tended . . . Map (db m198393) HM
20California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Rucker School Historical Site 1894
The Catherine Dunn Ranch once part of the Rancho San Francisco de Las Llagas Spanish land grant was divided in 1893 and sold to early settlers to form Rucker Township. Education was especially important to these pioneers who had been through . . . Map (db m18473) HM
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21California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — School DaysEn la escuela
The first Adams school was built in 1859 on land donated by John Hicks Adams, a local sheriff. The school burned down around 1915 and a new one was built on the site shortly thereafter. This single story school served the local Adams School . . . Map (db m198221) HM
22California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — The Miller EstateTraces of history fade as the forest restores itself on Mt. Madonna
Henry Miller, “The Cattle King” With only $6 in his pocket, German immigrant Henry Miller (birth name Heinrich Alfred Kreiser) stepped off the boat in San Francisco in 1850 with one pervading ambition – to labor hard at a . . . Map (db m54122) HM
23California, Santa Clara County, Gilroy — Uvas CreekEl arroyo de las Uvas
Uvas Creek's streamside habitat provided important resources for the inhabitants of Chitactac. Year-round fresh running water was a major factor in the establishment of a permanent village here. The creek was important for food . . . Map (db m198395) HM
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Feb. 9, 2023