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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Santa Clara, California
Location of Santa Clara, California
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|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|
|One of the largest tanneries in the world, the Eberhard Tannery was part of Santa Claras 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|
|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|
|Arts, civic, cultural, historical and indigenous groups benefited from the personal service of this sixth-generation Californian.
The life of this descendent of Santa Claras first physician, H.H. Warburton, and the Spanish colonist Alviso, . . . — — Map (db m52935) HM|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|“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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|This Italianate style house was built in the 1870s 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|
|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|
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|
|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|
|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. Johns father Antonio . . . — — Map (db m52906) HM|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Veterans Who Served — — Map (db m26970) WM|
|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|
|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|
|[There is no inscription on this maker other than the title. The marker consists of three panels of photographs with captions.]
Photo 1 - Upper Left:
Franklin and Main Streets formed the business hub of early . . . — — Map (db m52865) HM|
|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 m154470) HM|
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|
[Side 1 of Obelisk:]
Rev. Isaac Owen
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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 Sαnchez, leader of the Mexican-Californian ranchers, agreed to a . . . — — Map (db m57844) HM|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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 m2399) HM|
|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|
|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 1840s an oak forest grew near the present Lawrence Expressway, . . . — — Map (db m81727) HM|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|