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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Sunnyvale, California
Location of Sunnyvale, California
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|This antique Entry Gate
represents early 1900s ironwork
craftsmanship. Once located at
the Nick Mardesich Orchard on
Old Highway 9, the 2018
installation at this site was
sponsored by the Finkenberg
family in memory of Marion and
John H. . . . — — Map (db m163129) HM|
|Originally constructed in the 1870's for
pioneer orchardist and vintner George
Briggs, the mansion underwent extensive
reconstruction in the 1920's at the hand
of Henry Stelling, another accomplished
orchardist. Under Mrs. Stelling's care,
the . . . — — Map (db m154934) HM|
|Built in 1926, this was the Spalding family
home until the early 1940's. An eminent
financier, horticulturist and legislator,
Charles Spalding promoted the early
development of Sunnyvale's
industry, schools and commerce. He
organized the Bank . . . — — Map (db m154936) HM|
|These two artifacts were part of Sunnyvale's first City Hall, a
Spanish-style building located at the corner of South
Murphy Avenue and McKinley Avenue. Constructed in 1929,
the building was demolished in 1969. This City Hall Bell was
made by . . . — — Map (db m163130) HM|
|Originally a brandy distillery,
this house is all that remains of
a 320-acre vineyard established
on this site c.1880 by Lemuel
Collins and later operated
by his widow and her second
husband, Emerson Wesley Scott. — — Map (db m154933) HM|
Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza by decree of Carlos III of Spain led an expedition to 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 . . . — — Map (db m30323) HM|
|The Del Monte Building was constructed by the Madison and Bonner Company in 1904 adjacent to the Southern Pacific Railroad on the northwest corner of Sunnyvale and Evelyn Avenues. For the first 26 years dried fruit from local orchards was processed . . . — — Map (db m132515) HM|
|This building was erected in October of 1897 as F.E. Cornell’s Country Emporium, the first commercial building in town. In December 1897, a corner of the store was set aside as a post office and officially designated “Encinal”. Since . . . — — Map (db m54024) HM|
|Constructed in 1906, Hendy Ironworks was
an industrial pioneer in Sunnyvale.
Originally producing equipment for mining
gold and silver, the company supplied
marine engines in both WW I and WW II. In
continuous operation from 1906 to 1946,
the . . . — — Map (db m154954) HM|
Hendy Stamp Mill
During the California Gold Rush, Hendy Iron Works built mining and stamp mill machinery exclusively. They supplied mining operations around the world with 5-stamp mills that could operate as a single unit or as multiple units . . . — — Map (db m30251) HM|
"along with the mission of Santa Clara, [it is] one of the most
historically important buildings in Santa Clara County."
-Mildred Brooke Hoover in Historic Spots in California, 1937
The original Martin Murphy, Jr. house was a . . . — — Map (db m155586) HM|
|Martin Murphy, Jr. arrived in California with his family in 1844 in the first wagon train to cross the Sierra Nevada. The founder of Sunnyvale, he constructed here his house of pre-fabricated lumber brought around the Horn in 1849. Members of the . . . — — Map (db m30171) HM|
|From 1906 until 1946 this was the Joshua Hendy Iron Works. The works exemplifies the adaptability required for survival in a dynamic
technological society. It was a major western producer of meghanical equipment
used in mining, ship propulsion, . . . — — Map (db m154957) HM|
|Prunes are not picked like other fruit, but shaken out of trees, then picked up off the ground. In the early days, after the prunes were picked up and hauled to a shed,
they were dipped in boiling water and lye to crack the skin.
This procedure . . . — — Map (db m155317) HM|
Prunes! Enough to feed the British army.
I am charmed with your valley
and mountains. Words cannot describe it.
-Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener, English visitor, circa 1920.
The first prune trees in the valley were produced . . . — — Map (db m155315) HM|
|Mexicans and "Okies” picked fruit in the valley's
orchards through the 1930s, often "camping
out” in whatever orchard they were working.
Displaced Oklahomans usually traveled individually
from farm to farm calling out, "Do you . . . — — Map (db m155316) HM|
Made by Legion Utensils Co., Inc.
(1897-1988), this pot was filled
with boiling water and lye to
which dry prune plums
were added. The boiling
process cracked and
wrinkled the prune skins,
making them edible. . . . — — Map (db m155318) HM|
This sundial stood in front
of Sunnyvale's first City Hall,
built in 1929.
It is one of three vintage
artifacts, including the Bell
and Cornerstone, from that
City Hall building. — — Map (db m155135) HM|
|Originally part of a 320-acre ranch, this is Sunnyvale's
oldest remaining house. It was
built c.1862 by William Wright
a '49er who left the gold fields
to raise grain and stock. — — Map (db m154935) HM|
|Throughout Sunnyvale's history, orchard farmers have
come from many cultures. One of the most prominent
groups in Sunnyvale have been the Yugoslavs. On the
adjoining panel are listed over 60 such families.
Orchards ranged from two to seventy . . . — — Map (db m155550) HM|