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210 Buckley Marker and the 0riginal DiMaggio home image, Touch for more information
By Barry Swackhamer, March 31, 2016
210 Buckley Marker and the 0riginal DiMaggio home
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 210 BuckleyOld Town Martinez — Home of Historic Interest
Original DiMaggio Home Vincenzo DiMaggio & his wife Caterina bi Leci, purchased this lot from prominent land owner Achille Baccilieri. Caterina died young during the local influenza epidemic of the WWI years. Vincenzo made fishing nets & . . . — Map (db m93568) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 215 Marina VistaOld Town Martinez — Home of Historic Interest
Original home of fisherman and S.P. Railway worker Francesco Marchi and wife Santa Balestrieri. Later home to Bocce Champion Nicola di Tullio and wife Annuziata. Built 1928 — Map (db m93572) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 216 BuckleyOld Town Martinez — Home of Historic Interest
Aiello Family Home Fishing nets and wines were made in this home of an Italian fisherman family. In 1892, Francesco Aiello emigrated from the Isola de Favignana Sicilia, Italia. Built 1904 — Map (db m93569) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 224 BuckleyOld Town Martinez — Home of Historic Interest
Original Homesite of Francesco & Girloma Bilecci. Francisco biological father was a 4 star general in the Italian army. His adopted father was a prominent local fisherman. Orig 1900 — Map (db m93570) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 225 Buckley StreetOld Town Martinez — Home of Historic Interest
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California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 236 BuckleyOld Town Martinez — Home of Historic Interest
DiMaggio Family Home Built by parents of baseball great, Joe DiMaggio & sold to his aunt & uncle. Site of Joes wedding reception. Built 1927 — Map (db m93571) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 335 TalbartOld Town Martinez — Home of Historic Interest
Original Buckley Home William Buckley was in charge of the Carquinez Ferry piers and slips. Later home to several Italian fishing families.
Built 1884 — Map (db m91653) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 413 Talbart
Old Town Martinez Home of Historic Interest Original home of Antonio and Marian Bruno Russo of Sicily. Later home to bocce champion, Gino di Tullio and wife, Mimma of Pozzuoli Italy Circa 1900 — Map (db m17463) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 535 TalbartOld Town Martinez — Home of Historic Interest
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California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 605, 607 & 615 TalbartOld Town Martinez — Home of Historical Interest
Original home of fisherman Nino Cardinalli & family who operated Cardinallis Fish Market at 604 Alhambra. He & wife Jenny, were parents of former county supervisor Nancy Fahden Built 1913 — Map (db m91663) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 624 Talbart StreetOld Town Martinez — Home of Historic Interest
Prosser Home Dutch Colonial built as a wedding gift for Alice, daughter of James Rodgers Sr Granddaughter of the Buckleys Built 1919 — Map (db m91725) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — XIV — 736 Ferry Street1906
Built after the Fire of 1904 that consumed the entire block Occupied in 1881 by Contra Costa Telephone Company founded in 1881 by J. Borland which was sold to Pacific Bell Telephone Company in 1892 with R. Borland as superintendent for 40 years . . . — Map (db m53919) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 16 — 815 Marina VistaCirca 1870
Built by William Jones, Hotelkeeper 1884 Bought by W.J. Hough and became "Hough's Saloon" 1891 Bought by Watkins Prosser 1915 Moved to present site Residence of Dr. H.D. Buckman family for many years Historic Marker XVI . . . — Map (db m16009) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — XII — Bergamini Building
Built by Maximillian Bergamini in 1905 to replace grocery and notions store that was leveled in block-wide fire of August, 1904. Historic Marker XII Martinez Historical Society October 11, 1997 — Map (db m53997) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Billeci Family HomeOld Town Martinez - Home of Historic Interest — 425 Talbart
Fisherman Giovanni Billecci immigrated to Martinez in 1899. After serving both in the French & Italian armies he and his wife Grazia, raised 14 children in this home. Built 1916. — Map (db m53573) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Birthplace of The Martini
On this site in 1874, Julio Richelieu, bartender, served up the first martini when a miner came into his saloon with a fistful of nuggets and asked for something special. He was served a "Martinez Special." After three or four drinks, however, the . . . — Map (db m57975) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Borland Home
This Victorian cottage was the home of the Robert Borland Family. Built in 1890 by Dr. John S. Moore, D.D.S., and originally used as his dental office. The property was inherited by his daughter, Mrs. Emma Moore Borland. The Martinez Historical . . . — Map (db m16730) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Capt Hewitt HomeOld Town Martinez - Home of Historic Interest — 405 Marina Vista
Framed house shipped around the Horn from the East Coast to San Jose. Eventually barged to Martinez. Later home to several Italian fishing families Built 1870's — Map (db m53078) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Capt. Joseph R. Walker
In memory of Capt. Joseph R. Walker Pioneer Camped in Yosemite Nov. 13, 1833 Born Roan Co. Tenn Dec. 13, 1798 Died Oct 27, 1876 — Map (db m93539) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Captain Joseph R. Walker
This monument erected in honor of his contributions as a soldier, mountain man, and explorer who through his efforts and those of his breed such as Jim Bridger, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Jedediah Smith, helped explore and open the way to the West. There . . . — Map (db m93508) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — IX — City Hall Apartment Building
Built in 1914 by Mayor John J. McNamara, George J. Winkleman and James E. McNarmara 1st apartment building in Martinez. Built during refinery boom. Unique because it sits astride Alhambra Creek. Retail stores were on 1st floor, . . . — Map (db m51307) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — I — Contra Costa County Courthouse1901
County Seat Since April 25, 1851 Martinez Historical Marker I — Map (db m24318) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Dedicated to the Family of Don Ignacio Martinez
Dedicated to the family of Don Ignacio Martinez, who settled El Rancho Pinole in 1830. Many of his descendants rest here, members of one of Contra Costa's first families. Dedicated by Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13 E Clampus Vitus September . . . — Map (db m53061) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Dr. John Marsh
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California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Former Anti-Aircraft W.W. II Barracks
324-328 Talbart Home of Historic Interest Former anti-aircraft W.W.II barracks, moved from Concord in 1961. Prior site of shared water tank house for neighboring two homes Built 1930 — Map (db m17177) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — God's Acre
Potters field at Alhambra Cemetery. Here, marked by numbered headstones the size of bread loaves, are buried over 600 poor and unknown early pioneers of California and Martinez. The earliest known burial was in 1853 and they continued until the . . . — Map (db m93541) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — III (3) — Hilson's
On this site in 1852, Hiram Fogg began a mercantile store. Operating since as: 1854 - 1897 Simon Blum & Bro. 1897 - 1912 Baer Bros. 1912 - 1986 Hilson's — Map (db m93573) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Home of County Supervisor
334 Talbart Old Town Martinez Home of Historic Interest Home of County Supervisor & Grangers Warehouse mngr, Robnson Jones(1873). Later sold to dog catcher, Capt., Horton (1893) who impounded stray dogs on the property. Built . . . — Map (db m17184) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — XIII — Hook Building1926
Built to replace building destroyed by fire in 1925 Originally built in 1854 by pioneer & prominent landowner William Hook 1802-1885 Occupied by the James Hotel - James Bulger, proprietor Until closed in 1979 Historic Marker . . . — Map (db m40601) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Hook Family
William Hook came to the California gold country in 1850 to sell mining equipment and build mining machinery. In 1853 Hook opened a general store at the corner of Ferry and Main Streets in Martinez. Over the years Hook brought up land in Contra . . . — Map (db m93510) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 1996 — James Rankin
In 1865, at the age of 17, James Rankin emigrated from a Scottish coal mining town after hearing of the "Black Gold" in Contra Costa. He worked with pick and shovel in the underground mines of Somersville. In 1885, Rankin was elected sheriff and . . . — Map (db m93506) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — James RankinBorn in Larnackshire, Scotland, April 25, 1848
Coal miner, store and hotel owner, Justice of the Peace, mine manager and owner, rancher, County Sheriff, banker and community leader. At seventeen, in 1865, James Rankin left his family and emigrated from Scotland, landing in New York City. . . . — Map (db m93543) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Joe DiMaggio's BirthsiteOld Town Martinez - Site of Historic Interest — Right Next Door —»
Joe DiMaggio was born here 11/25/1914. The 8th of 9 children to parents Giuseppe and Rosalia. Later moved to San Francisco, but returned often to this neighborhood to visit family. The home burned down in 1948. — Map (db m53000) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 312 — John Muir Home
Ranch home of John Muir 1838- 1914, explorer, naturalist, author and foremost advocate of forest protection and of national parks. The John Muir Trail through the High Sierra, Muir Woods National Monument and Muir Glacier in Alaska are named for him. — Map (db m51132) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Marazzani Boarding House
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California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Martinez Public Library
1883-1896 Martinez Free Reading Room and Library Housed in building owned by Dr. John Strentzel 620 Main Street 1896-1941 Main & Estudillo Land donated by Mrs. John Strentzel and Louie Strentzel Muir Building built at the cost of . . . — Map (db m53872) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Martinez Train DepotDedicated September 22, 2001
The City of Martinez has been the home of a train station along the waterfront for 125 years. The first station (approximately 200 yards to the east of this site) was erected in 1876 and closed in 2001 when this station was opened. More than . . . — Map (db m93542) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Martinez Troops-In-Transit CanteenFormer Site Of — Opened October 17, 1943 • Closed February 15, 1946
World War II 401,522 traveling servicemen and women, escorts, and children given rest and refreshment served by 1,438 volunteer hostesses Community supported • U.S.O. aided — Map (db m53423) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Martinez-Benicia Ferry"Gateway to the Gold Fields"
Founded by Dr. Robert Semple in 1847, the Martinez-Benicia ferry was the first established and longest operating ferry service in the S.F. Bay Area. In 1850 Oliver Coffin took over the operation and with his brothers purchased a new ferryboat, the . . . — Map (db m27645) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — XI — McNamara-McMahon Building1905
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California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Morgan House
Dedicated April 23, 2000 Morgan House Pony Express Route Apr. 23, 1860 - Sep. 8, 1861 Home Station Apr. 16, 1869 - Sep.8, 1861 By James Stretesky Supervisor Gayle B. Uilkema Martinez Area Chamber of Commerce Pony Express Trail . . . — Map (db m24369) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Original Costanza Macaroni FactoryOld Town Martinez - Home of Historic Interest — 435-437 Marina Vista
When factory moved to San Francisco in 1915, became the San Filipo home. One of only two S.F. style row houses in Martinez. Built 1889 — Map (db m53077) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Original Pizzamenti Family HomeOld Town Martinez - Home of Historic Interest — 435 Talbart Street
The family manufactured fishing nets for the local fishing community. Home later sold to the Di Maggios, a prominent fishing family. Built 1904 — Map (db m53079) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Pellegrini Home and Fish Company
103 Berrellesa Old Town Martinez Home of Historic Interest Pellegrini Home and Fish Company Luigi Pellegrini was a successful turn of the century fish buyer. This building opens to Alhambra Creek for easy fish unloading and . . . — Map (db m16212) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — XIII (13) — Pioneer Cemetery
In this cemetery are laid to rest many of the early California pioneers, settlers and their families. One of the more famous is Joseph Reddeford Walker, XNGH - mountain man, guide and pathfinder. — Map (db m93507) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — Pony Express Ferry "Carquinez"
Dedicated April 23, 2005 Martinez By James Stretestky · Julian M. Frazer · Martinez Historical Society · Mayor Rob & Carole Schroder · Supervisor Gayle B. Uilkema · Vice Mayor Mark & Dianne Ross · Tesoro's Golden Eagle Refinery · . . . — Map (db m19224) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — V — Rankin Building
Built in 1905 by Mrs. James Rankin after fire destroyed two city blocks Palm Garden Grill W.C. Reed - Confectioner & Stationer E. Pasch - Haberdasher A.B. Wilson - Jeweler & Optician Historic Marker No. V Martinez Historical . . . — Map (db m27647) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 6 — Southern Pacific R.R. Depot
First located here April 28, 1876 by Central Pacific R.R. First passenger train passed through on September 25, 1877 with Leland Stanford aboard. Historic Marker No. VI Martinez Historical Society July 4, 1991 — Map (db m19225) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 18 — State Theatre800 Ferry Street
Designed Art Deco style by the Reid Brothers Architects/San Francisco Built by John McNamera 1922 Premier opening July 2, 1926 Closed due to fire 1931 Reopened 1932 Closed 1961 Purchased by Contra Costa County 1998 Presently . . . — Map (db m17208) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — The Christian Brothers Winery
In the city, from 1879 to 1932, the 70 acre parcel of land extending in a triangle from what is now Bush Street to Pacheco Boulevard to Brown Street to Alhambra Creek was owned by The Christian Brothers Religious Teaching Order, Founded by Saint . . . — Map (db m112828) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — VIII — The National Bank of MartinezFounded 1924
R.E. Claeys J.W. McClellan M. Pistochini J. Comazzi O.K. Smith G. Winkelman J. Sparacino Robert B. Borland  President A.J. Heald  Cashier P. Ferrarini  Vice President Bank of Italy  1927-1930 Bank of America  1930-1951 Historical . . . — Map (db m40610) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — The Schooner Forester
In front of you lay the hull remains of the schooner Forester. The schooner, launched in Alameda in 1900, would take cargoes of lumber from northern forests of Oregon and Washington to points in the Pacific including China, India, and Australia. The . . . — Map (db m91668) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 511 — The Vicente Martinez Adobe - 1849
Vicente Martínez was born in Santa Barbara on August 18, 1818, the second son of Don Ygnacio and Martina de Arellano Martínez who were married in the Presidio Chapel at Santa Barbara 1802. Don Ygnacio Martínez was a Spanish officer at San Diego and . . . — Map (db m50827) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Martinez — 511 — Vicente Martinez Adobe
In 1849, Vicente Martinez built a two-story adobe ranch house on his portion of the Rancho Pinole. This land was inherited from his father, Don Ignacio Martinez, a Spanish officer who became Comandante of the San Francisco Presidio and later Alcade . . . — Map (db m50821) HM

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