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By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
A Year to Remember in Watsonville Marker
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — A Year to Remember in Watsonville1868
The year 1868 saw many important beginnings in downtown Watsonville. It was the year Watsonville was incorporated, the first nursery was established by James Waters and Jacob Blackburn, All Saints Episcopal Church was founded, the first wharf was . . . — Map (db m55476) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — Charley Darkey Parkhurst1812 – 1879
Noted whip of the Gold Rush days. Drove stage over Mt. Madonna in early days of valley. Last run San Jaun (sic) to Santa Cruz. Death in cabin near the 7 Mile House, revealed “One Eyed Charlie,” a woman. The first woman to vote in . . . — Map (db m62769) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — Donald Leon Rose
Dedicated to the memory of Donald Leon Rose Born July 1888 Killed in Action August 10, 1918. St. Miniel, France 4th Military Police 91st Division — Map (db m54902) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — James A. Hall
An accomplished attorney and Watsonville mayor, James A. Hall was an adventurer at heart. In the summer of 1900, he set out to find a lost mining claim near Teller, Alaska. Before too long, he was lost himself. Without provisions and clad in summer . . . — Map (db m62799) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — Judge Julius Lee House
This property The Judge Lee House Built 1894 Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior Second Marker: Pajaro Valley . . . — Map (db m62770) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — Lest We Forget
Lest We Forget 1941 – 1945 — Map (db m54883) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — Men Die O Liberty That Thou EndursWatsonville Union High School Veterans Memorial
World War I: Men Die O Liberty That Thou Endurs 1918 Joseph Rebeiro • Lester Rowe • Reuben Silva • William Sullivan World War II: Plaque 1: May the memory of those alumni of Watsonville Union High School . . . — Map (db m62798) WM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — Porter BuildingSanta Cruz County Historical Trust Landmark
1903 Porter Bldg. Wm. Weeks, Architect Designed for Warren Porter Housed the Post Office until 1913 — Map (db m29771) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — 998 — Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe
The Castro Adobe is an outstanding example of Monterey Colonial architectural styling. The adobe functioned as a regional social center due to the importance of its location as the governing seat of the Castro family rural empire, which reached . . . — Map (db m2354) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — St. Patricks Church721 Main Street
A wooden church was first built on this site in 1864 designed by James Walter. It was moved to Ford Street in 1901, and a larger English Gothic style edifice designed by William H. Weeks was constructed in 1902. It has a seating capacity of 625 . . . — Map (db m54882) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — The Apple AnnualMain Street in the Early 1900s
The Apple Annual was held in downtown Watsonville from 1910 to 1913. For the first event in 1910, William H. Weeks, renowned Watsonville architect, designed a pavilion to house the show exhibits which was located on Second Street, now the site of . . . — Map (db m54881) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — The City of WatsonvilleOnce a Village Named Pájaro
When the land expedition of Alta California led by Captain Gaspar de Portola passed through this valley in 1769, they reached the Pájaro River, which they named for a large straw-stuffed bird (pájaro in Spanish) with a wing span of six feet . . . — Map (db m54863) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — The Discovery of California Redwoods
July 14, 1769, an expedition led by Don Gaspar de Portola left San Diego to rediscover Vizcaino's "Lost Port of Monterey". The expedition reached but failed to recognize Monterey Bay, traveled north, and discovered San Francisco Bay November 4, . . . — Map (db m86462) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — The Lettunich BuildingCorner of Main and East Beach Streets
Once hailed as the most elegant hotel south of San Francisco, the Mansion House in Watsonville, built in 1871, was considered past its prime in 1910. Owners Mateo and M.N. Lettunich, orchardists who also operated the Pájaro Valley’s largest fruit . . . — Map (db m54900) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — The Mansion House418 Main Street
On the corner of Main Street and East Beach Streets, where the Lettunich Building now stands, was the Pacific Exchange Hotel built in 1856 by T.D. Alexander. By 1871 the owners decided that a larger and more modern hotel was needed and Thomas Beck . . . — Map (db m54866) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — This Gun Was Used
To fire the first salute (October 18th, 1850) on the arrival of the news in California proclaiming its admission to the union. Remounted for the City of Watsonville, March 22, 1922 by the Watsonville Parlor, No, 65, Native Sons of the . . . — Map (db m54899) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — WatsonvilleJudge John Howard Watson — 1813-1882
After the California gold discovery in 1848, the rush was on from all parts of the nation to the mining regions of the West Coast. In early 1849, a young man named John Howard Watson arrived in California to seek his fortune. Stories have been . . . — Map (db m21201) HM
California (Santa Cruz County), Watsonville — Where Strawberries are SweeterBienvenido! Welcome! — Mural by Alvaro 6/96
Watsonville, where strawberries are sweeter, apples are crisper and produce plentiful, is a friendly place of diverse people who share a strong sense of community and optimism. Don Sebastian Rodriquez owned the grant, Bolsa de Pajaro, on which . . . — Map (db m54880) HM

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