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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Santa Clara, California

Clickable Map of Santa Clara County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Santa Clara County, CA (460) Alameda County, CA (525) Merced County, CA (23) San Benito County, CA (48) San Mateo County, CA (156) Santa Cruz County, CA (122) Stanislaus County, CA (57)  SantaClaraCounty(460) Santa Clara County (460)  AlamedaCounty(525) Alameda County (525)  MercedCounty(23) Merced County (23)  SanBenitoCounty(48) San Benito County (48)  SanMateoCounty(156) San Mateo County (156)  SantaCruzCounty(122) Santa Cruz County (122)  StanislausCounty(57) Stanislaus County (57)
San Jose is the county seat for Santa Clara County
Santa Clara is in Santa Clara County
      Santa Clara County (460)  
      Alameda County (525)  
      Merced County (23)  
      San Benito County (48)  
      San Mateo County (156)  
      Santa Cruz County (122)  
      Stanislaus County (57)  
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1California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — “Cowboy Jim” Donovan
Born in San Francisco, James Donovan came to Santa Clara following the 1906 earthquake at the age of nine and resided in this house the rest of his life. Orphaned young, he started hauling baggage from the railroad depot using a few dogs pulling a . . . Map (db m53041) HM
2California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — “Eberhard”
One of the largest tanneries in the world, the Eberhard Tannery was part of Santa Clara’s economic life for over 100 years. Originally called the Santa Clara Tannery, in 1867 it was purchased by John J. Eberhard from his Father-In-Law. By 1904 the . . . Map (db m24255) HM
3California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — “The Catch”January 10, 1982 — Candlestick Park, San Francisco —
Dwight Clark's leaping fingertip catch at Candlestick Park is a seminal moment in San Francisco 49ers history. With 58 seconds remaining in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, Joe Montana rolled right under pressure from three Dallas Cowboys . . . Map (db m182544) HM
4California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 260 — Armistice Oak Tree Site
Here, on January 8, 1847, Francisco Sanchez, leader of a California band surrendered himself and some American prisoners and arms to Lieut. Grayson thus ending the “Battle of Santa Clara” or the “Battle of the Mustard Stalks” . . . Map (db m2627) HM
5California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Austen D. Warburton“Mr. Santa Clara” — 1917 – 1995 —
Arts, civic, cultural, historical and indigenous groups benefited from the personal service of this sixth-generation Californian. The life of this descendent of Santa Clara’s first physician, H.H. Warburton, and the Spanish colonist Alviso, . . . Map (db m52935) HM
6California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Battle of Santa Clara
On January 2, 1847, somewhere hereabouts was fought the last northern battle of the Mexican War. The official casualty report: “Dead none, Wounded none, Missing but one on the American side and he came up shortly afterwards stating that he had . . . Map (db m24337) HM
7California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — California Wesleyan CollegeUniversity of the Pacific — College of the Pacific —
This plaque marks the original site of the first chartered college in California. It was chartered as the California Wesleyan College on July 10, 1851. The following year the name was changed to University of the Pacific and in 1911 it became the . . . Map (db m61492) HM
8California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Captain Harry Love
Here lies Captain Harry Love, who with a troop of twenty others, on July 25, 1853 allegedly killed bandits Joaquin Murrieta and Three Fingered Jack near Arroyo de Cantua, Fresno County, California. Born in Vermont, Love first visited Alta . . . Map (db m24122) HM
9California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 2 — Carmelite Monastery – Bond RanchPoint of Historical Interest No. 2
Judge Hiram Graham Bond owned the ranch 1895-1909. Purchased by U.S. Senator James d. Phelan in 1913. The monastery chapel and residence buildings were constructed in 1917 as a permanent monastery for the community of Cloistered Discalced . . . Map (db m52907) HM
10California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 904 — Charles Copeland Morse Residence
“The house that seeds built” was constructed in 1892 by Charles Copeland Morse, co-founder of one of the largest vegetable and flower seed companies in the world, the Ferry-Morse Seed Company. This outstanding Queen Anne residence is the . . . Map (db m52857) HM
11California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — De Anza Expedition 1775 – 1776
Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza by decree of Carlos III of Spain led and expedition near this site – The mission being to colonize the San Francisco Bay Area. In the center of the marker is a circular motif, designed by Doris Birkland . . . Map (db m24727) HM
12California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Dr. Henry Warburton House714-716 Main Street — Point of Historical Interest —
Built 1886. First medical doctor in Santa Clara. Arrived 1848. First floor one time used as pharmacy and office. Born Staffordshire England 1819. Died Santa Clara 1903.Map (db m52898) HM
13California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Dr. Saxe Office Building1045 Benton Street — Point of Historical Interest —
Built after 1855 to avoid patients using his residence at 1075. Dr. Arthur W. Saxe born New York 1821. Died Monterey County 1892.Map (db m52901) HM
14California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Elim Community Church1298 Homestead Road — Point of Historical Interest —
This Gothic Revival structure was built in 1904 by the Advent Christian Church. The style is characterized by a steeply pitched roof, decorated barge broad along the roof edge and pointed arch windows. The Advent Christian Congregation was . . . Map (db m52866) HM
15California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Father Magin Catala
Here in his cell November 22, 1830 died Father Magin Catala. To mark the spot, the Catala Club placed this memorial November 22, 1930.Map (db m195453) HM
16California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Field House1051 Harrison Street — Point of Historical Interest —
Built & occupied in 1891 by Zibeon O. Field, a carpenter from Maine. A particularly fine example of architectural style this fancy wedding cake Victorian has a decorative carved pediment and bargeboard, shingle facing, carved balustrade and . . . Map (db m52859) HM
17California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Frederick C. Franck, Jr., Residence1179 Washington Street — Point of Historical Interest —
Built in 1905 by Frederick C. Franck, Jr. (1873-1954). Santa Clara town trustee, businessman and son of Senator F.C. Franck. The Franck family owned this entire block. Maude Shuld Franck (1878-1960) his wife lived her until her death. The house . . . Map (db m52856) HM
18California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — H.L. Warburton House
This large two story residence is a simplified version of a Queen Anne Victorian constructed c. 1889. The house was purchased in 1923 by Mr. And Mrs. Henry Luke Warburton, Sr. (son of Dr. Henry H. Warburton, Santa Clara's first doctor). H. L. . . . Map (db m154950) HM
19California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Harris/Lass House1889 Market Street — Point of Historical Interest —
This Italianate style house was built in the 1870’s by the Henry Harris family. Harris was a California pioneer from England whose son, Albert, became a town trustee and director of the Santa Clara Valley Bank. In 1906, Christian Lass, a . . . Map (db m52931) HM
20California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Headen-Inman House
Arriving in Santa Clara in 1852, Dr. B.F. Headen bought 61 acres around the present Civic Center area. His daughter, Thomasine, and her husband Louis Albertson, built this home in 1913 to replace the original one. Lois Headen Inman inherited the . . . Map (db m52936) HM
21California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 4 — Hichborn House1091 Fremont Street — Point of Historical Interest No. 4 —
American Colonial style adapted to California. Built in 1868 by Cary Peebles; purchased in 1882 by F. Greenleaf Houlton of Houlton, Maine, father of Mrs. Franklin Hichborn. Franklin Hichborn was a journalist and political writer of national fame . . . Map (db m52860) HM
22California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Jamison-Brown House
The Jamison-Brown House is significant due to its architectural and historical associations with two well known Santa Clara families. The architecture is important since it shows the changes in a building that was originally constructed in the 1860s . . . Map (db m52934) HM
23California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — John Fatjo House1786 Catherine Street
This unique Greek Revival Pioneer style farmhouse was built around 1860 by John and Teresita Fatjo. The square turret and ornate veranda are later Vicorian additions. The Fatjo family were prominent merchants in Santa Clara. John’s father Antonio . . . Map (db m52906) HM
24California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Johnson House1159 Main Street — Point of Historical Interest —
Believed built 1850s of precut lumber from Maine shipped around the Horn. I.B. Johnson was squatter on entire block 1849. Town board gave him title in 1852 for fifteen dollars.Map (db m52861) HM
25California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Kersell/Lorente House1141 Main Street — Point of Historical Interest —
Built in 1892-93 by Isabella and James Kersell, who was originally in the plumbing and tinning business and later a manager for C.C. Morse and Company. Owners between 1900 and 1942 included Anne. B. Smith, Hilda Beattie and William and Mathilda . . . Map (db m52862) HM
26California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Kiely House1588 Homestead Road
This significant late Queen Anne style Victorian was built in 1889 and restored in 1986. It features fish scale shingles with gable pediments, molded cornices, recessed eaves, and carved brackets. Owned by William Andres in 1889, subsequent owners . . . Map (db m52933) HM
27California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 6 — Landrum House1217 Santa Clara Street — Point of Historical Interest No. 6 —
Built in 1875 by Andrew J. Landrum, a carpenter. Of exceptionally good construction, this house is considered a very good example of the architecture of the period.Map (db m52897) HM
28California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Luis Arguello HomeSanta Clara and Main Streets — Point of Historical Interest —
Two story classic Georgian Colonial Revival rests on solid redwood foundation. Built before 1870 by Luis Arguello, son of first governor of California under Mexican Rule. 1901 residence and office of Dr. George H. Worrall, DDS., long time . . . Map (db m52899) HM
29California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Memorial Roses
These four roses are dedicated to those who lost their lives or were affected by the attack on the united states and the world on September 11, 2001. The peach "sunset celebration” rose commemorates Deora Bodley, Santa Clara student, class of 2003. . . . Map (db m195452) HM
30California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Mission Corral Site
This site is what remains of the original Mission Santa Clara corral, which once covered about 6 acres and was enclosed by an adobe wall. In 1847, marking the transition from Spanish/Mexican mission to American town, William Campbell mapped the . . . Map (db m52900) HM
31California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 338 — Mission Santa Clara
Santa Clara, the first california mission to honor a woman, Clare of Assisi, as its patron saint, was founded nearby on the Guadalupe River on January 12, 1777. It once had the largest Indian population of any California mission. Floods and . . . Map (db m81869) HM
32California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Mission Santa Clara Veterans Memorial
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3982 Chartered 1945 Dedicated To Veterans Who ServedMap (db m26970) WM
33California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Morgan House1380 Lincoln Street — Point of Historical Interest —
Built 1895 - 1897 by real estate magnate John Center for his niece, Margaret Center Morgan. A Victorian style house with a gable on hip main roof, pedimented bay pavilion, twin doghouse dormers and horizontal siding, built of wood shipped . . . Map (db m52904) HM
34California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 5 — Morse Mansion981 Fremont Street — Point of Historical Interest No. 5 —
Victorian style house built in 1892 for Charles Copeland Morse, a house painter and co-founder of Ferry-Morse Seed Company, who occupied it a short time before moving to San Juan Bautista.Map (db m52858) HM
35California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Old Adobe Wall / Olive Trees
Old Adobe Wall built in 1822 Adobe apartment & work shops with veranda -corridor & tilted roof faced the mission patio Olive Trees planted in 1822 mark line of old south wall of adobe apartment.Map (db m195455) HM
36California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Old Downtown Santa Clara
[There is no inscription on this maker other than the title. The marker consists of three panels of photographs with captions.] [Panel 1:] Photo 1 - Upper Left: Franklin and Main Streets formed the business hub of early . . . Map (db m52865) HM
37California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 250 — Old Sites of Mission Santa Clara de Asisand Old Spanish Bridge
Second site 1799–1784 Mission Santa Clara de Asis. Original site January 12, 1777 founded by the Franciscan Fathers 967 yards north, 334 yards south of Bayshore Highway Bridge No. 37–64.Map (db m195668) HM
38California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Original Cross
Preserved herein is a portion of the Original cross first erected by Fray Tomas de la Peña, O.F.M. before the entrance to the first Mission Santa Clara de Asis January 12, 1777.Map (db m195449) HM
39California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Parade of Champions
Bicentennial 1845 – 1995 In recognition of the efforts of the citizens of the City of Santa Clara and the members of the Santa Clara Council #84. This event started with the Drum & Bugle Corps of Y.M.I. in 1945, and expanded to feature . . . Map (db m64940) HM
40California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Professor John J. Montgomery
Erected by the Citizens of Santa Clara in Honor of Professor John J Montgomery. The father of Aviation who from this spot sent aloft on April 29, 1905, the first heavier than air glider in controlled flight and maintained equilibrium.Map (db m195457) HM
41California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 13 — Rev. Isaac Owen
[Side 1 of Obelisk:] Rev. Isaac Owen First Superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal Church in California Born in Vermont March 9, 1809 Died in San Francisco Feb. 9, 1866 [Side 2 of Obelisk:] Elizabeth . . . Map (db m24267) HM
42California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Robert Menzel HouseBenton and Jackson Streets — Point of Historical Interest —
This Queen Anne house with characteristic corner tower was built around 1895 by Robert Menzel (1847-1923). A Prussian immigrant, he founded Menzel Hardware Company in 1875. Menzel served on the Santa Clara Board of Education, Library Trustees . . . Map (db m52863) HM
43California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Russell – Robinson House1184 Washington Street — Point of Historical Interest —
Believed built in 1881-2 by pioneer Calvin Russell, a carpenter, who came to Santa Clara in 1852. In 1891 bought by John G. Robinson, who was one of the first druggists in Santa Clara and chairman and member of the Board of Library Trustees for 30 . . . Map (db m52903) HM
44California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — S.E.S.(Sociedade do Espirito Santo)
The Portuguese men and women of Santa Clara founded this building, commonly known as the S.E.S. Hall, in 1896. This fraternal organization was created as a means of communication and socialization. It gave the Portuguese community a place to meet, . . . Map (db m54026) HM
45California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Saint Clareby Anne Van Kleeck
Bronze statue cast by ancient lost wax process in Italy 1965. Saint Clare is Patron Saint of Santa Clara. Statue was shipped by boat around Cape Horn to Santa Clara.Map (db m26971) HM
46California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 260 — Santa Clara Campaign Treaty Site
After armed confrontation nearby on January 2, 1847, and a truce meeting the following day, Marine Capt. Ward Marston, commander of the United States expeditionary force, and Francisco Sánchez, leader of the Mexican-Californian ranchers, agreed to a . . . Map (db m57844) HM
47California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Santa Clara Depot
Members of Mountain Charlie, Chapter No. 1850, E. Clampus Vitus, commend the South Bay Historical Railroad Society for their volunteer efforts in restoring the Santa Clara Depot. Constructed in 1863 for the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad, it . . . Map (db m24284) HM
48California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Santa Clara Depot
The Santa Clara Depot, built in 1864, was an original waystation on the San Francisco & San Jose Railroad Line. Originally built on the east side of the tracks, the depot was moved in 1877 to its present location so it would be on the same side of . . . Map (db m24288) HM
49California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Santa Clara MissionThird Site 1781 – 1818 — Point of Historical Interest —
Founded in 1777, the Santa Clara Mission was moved here after flooding of the first two churches. Construction was begun in 1781 under Jose Murguia and the Mission was dedicated by Junipero Serra in 1784. The adobe structure was damaged by an . . . Map (db m24313) HM
50California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Santa Clara TowerDedicated to Service and Safety
The Santa Clara Tower, built by the Southern Pacific Railroad went into service in 1927. Located at the junction of the Coast and Western Divisions, the tower controlled signals and switches at the north end of the Newhall yard. Historic passenger . . . Map (db m68912) HM
51California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 249 — Santa Clara Women’s Club Adobe
This adobe, among the oldest in Santa Clara Valley, was one of several continuous rows of homes built in 1792–1800 as dwellings for the indian families of Mission Santa Clara. It links the Franciscan padres’ labors with California of today.Map (db m200836) HM
52California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 3 — Senator Franck House Site1155 Washington Street — Point of Historical Interest No. 3 —
First home of State Senator Frederich Christian Franck, 1826-1902. Came from Baveria in 1855. He was a civic leader & town trustee for eight consecutive years; member of the volunteer fire department from 1856, and elected Chief Engineer 1875-1881. . . . Map (db m52905) HM
53California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — The Battle of Santa ClaraJanuary 2-7, 1847
The Battle of Santa Clara was the only campaign fought in the Northern district of California between Californios and United States forces during the Mexican-American war. In the 1840’s an oak forest grew near the present Lawrence Expressway, . . . Map (db m81727) HM
54California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — The Berryessa AdobeThis Adobe House — Culture and Structure Together —
The Berryessa Adobe was built at a crossroad in California history. When constructed in the 1840s, Spanish colonial building traditions were blending with American influences. The builders constructed adobe walls on stone foundations and used soil . . . Map (db m52932) HM
55California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — The Changing Church
The fifth church facade has changed since 1825. The Spanish Built the first church in 1825 with no decoration. Ten years later, figures of saints were painted on the church faced. Over the next 90 years the face was remolded twice. . . . Map (db m195447) HM
56California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — The Five Sites of Santa Clara de Asís Mission
In front of you is the site of the fifth Santa Clara de Asis Mission. Floods, earthquakes and fires forced the Santa Clara de Asis Mission to move five times. Today each of the mission sites are commemorated on the Santa . . . Map (db m195448) HM
57California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — The Santa Clara Interlocking Control Tower
Built in 1928 and used around the clock until July 17, 1993 the Santa Clara Interlocking Control Tower is one of two Harriman Standard No. 4 towers in California. The General Railway Signal Co. Model 2 unit, lever type interlocking machine on the . . . Map (db m68914) HM
58California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — The Walnut Growers Association
This is the site of the former Santa Clara Walnut Growers Association. The main plant was constructed here in late 1926/1927 on land purchased from the Town of Santa Clara. Hard shell walnuts in the state of California can be dated as early as 1854. . . . Map (db m54027) HM
59California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — Town Hall and Jail SiteSouthwest Corner Main and Benton Streets — Point of Historical Interest —
Red brick two-story built in 1891 by county on town owned lot. County wanted branch jail. Town wanted town hall. County paid for first story. Town paid for second. Demolished 1948. Marker placed by order of Santa Clara City Council by . . . Map (db m154937) HM
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Jul. 6, 2022