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By Barry Swackhamer, January 17, 2013
Cottage Corners Marker
California (San Benito County), Hollister — Cottage Corners
First saloon serving steam beer in this area. Has been here for over 100 years. Owned and operated for many years by Steve Kaelin. Presently owned by Lydia C. and Ray L. Dassel. — Map (db m62682) HM
California (San Benito County), Hollister — Hollister Train Service
The Tres Pinos Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad began train service to Hollister on July 13, 1871. Train service was a main reason the population grew from 300 in 1870 to over 2000 in 1873. Besides passenger service, major commodities shipped . . . — Map (db m26832) HM
California (San Benito County), Hollister — Site of San Justo Ranch Home
. . . — Map (db m26966) HM
California (San Benito County), Hollister — State Theatre
The State Theatre opened on July, 25, 1930, featuring The Social Lion. The terrazzo sidewalk is all that remains on the once “handsome theatre.” — Map (db m55216) HM
California (San Benito County), Hollister — Vineyard School1891-1957
Education was important to settlers in San Benito County, who would start a school with as few as five pupils, a place to hold class and a teacher. Early schools were placed 'about 5 miles apart' because the students had to travel on foot or on . . . — Map (db m26730) HM
California (San Benito County), Hollister — William Clyde "Wino Willie" Forkner, Jr.July 11, 1920 - June 23, 1997
Fueled with a zest largely unknown outside of WW II combat vets, Wino Willie Forkner and other early members of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club partied with other clubs and the citizens of Hollister at its famous 1947 Gypsy Tour. Prominent at the . . . — Map (db m78353) HM
California (San Benito County), Paicines — Benitoite
Was discovered on February 22, 1907 by James Marshall Couch while prospecting for quicksilver on a fifty dollar grubstake for shares from R.W. Dallas and Tom Sanders. On July 30, 1907 mineralogy Professor George D. Louderback identified it as a new . . . — Map (db m63910) HM
California (San Benito County), Paicines — Climbing at Pinnacles National Monument
Pinnacles has seen the birth and growth of modern rock climbing over the past 80 years. The early accents of the rock spires, often done with basketball sneakers and braided hemp rope, were dangerous and intensely challenging. The crackless faces of . . . — Map (db m87694) HM
California (San Benito County), Paicines — Limekiln Monorail
Built in 1894 by J.J. Burt to carry “Diamond Brand” lime from Harlan Mt. the S.P. railhead at Tres Pinos. The track was a single wooden rail. The locomotive was wood fueled steam operated. On its maiden voyage the engine exploded while . . . — Map (db m62683) HM
California (San Benito County), Paicines — 324 — New Idria Mine54 Miles
New Idria Mine ranks amoung the most famous quicksilver mines of the world. Named for Idria Mine, then in Austria. Mission Fathers, before the American Occupation, made assays and determined ore to be cinnabar. Work begun in 50's. In 1881 between . . . — Map (db m26987) HM
California (San Benito County), Paicines — Raymond F. Eade
In Memory Raymond F. Eade Sgt. HHC 8th Inf 4th Div Vietnam Bronze Star Medal - Purple Heart Aug. 15, 1947 – March 24, 1969 (A second, smaller plaque mounted under the main marker): Raymond: a native of this . . . — Map (db m63912) WM
California (San Benito County), Paicines — The Coast Range: an ecological meeting place
Ecology is all about how all things around us interact and affect each other, from rocks to plants to animals. Here is a place rich with different ecological interactions. How many can you see? Millions of years ago, most of California was under . . . — Map (db m71565) HM
California (San Benito County), Paicines — Tres Pinos/Paicines
The original town of Tres Pinos had been here for more than a decade when its post office opened on January 24, 1971. The town lost use of its name after August 12, 1873, when the Southern Pacific Railroad opened the Tres Pinos Station 4.7 miles . . . — Map (db m26942) HM
California (San Benito County), Pinnacles National Monument — Return to Condor Crags
The rocky spires of Condor Crags are seen rising above you, named by those who once saw California condors soaring over these lofty formations. In 2003, Pinnacles National Monument became part of a cooperative program to restore these endangered . . . — Map (db m41123) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Anza House
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Ace of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United . . . — Map (db m41010) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Campo Santo
“On October 24, 1839, I blessed the Campo Santo Nuevo (New Cemetery, which because the cemetery adjoining the church could no more bodies, was laid out away from the church).” Fr. Antonio Anzar A part of Rancho de . . . — Map (db m62726) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — 179 — Castro - Breen Adobe
This adobe building erected about 1838 on a grant of 1500 Spanish varas from the Mexican Government to Don Jose Maria Castro, interim Comandante General 1845-1846 and interim Governor of Alta California 1835-1836. Deeded by him February 7, 1849 to . . . — Map (db m15354) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — 179 & 180 — Castro/Breen Adobe and Plaza Hotel
The Castro/Breen adobe is associated with the early development and settlement of Mexican California. The adobe is an excellent example of blended eastern and western building methods first produced in Monterey to form the Monterey Colonial . . . — Map (db m82243) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — 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. — Map (db m15366) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — El Camino Real(The Kings Highway)
The above marker shows the direction of the road that connected the 21 Missions. Expeditions left here to go north to Mission Santa Clara or go south to the head-quarters at Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo. This road was used from 1797 to . . . — Map (db m15344) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — El Camino Real Bell
[Upper Marker] EL CAMINO REAL BELL Placed Here June 24, 1910 by SAN JUAN BAUTISTA PARLOR No. 179 Native Daughters of the Golden West. Rededicated -- 1974 [Lower Marker] EL CAMINO REAL BELL Placed Here June . . . — Map (db m82204) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — 181 — Fremont Peak– 11 Mile Marker -
In March 1846, Jose Castro, Mexican Military Commander, ordered John C. Fremont from the country, and with Kit Carson and 60 men he moved to top of peak. Built entrenchments, raised flag and awaited attack. Bear Flag Incident and Mexican War . . . — Map (db m15321) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Fremont Peak
Fremont Peak was called Gavilan Peak in early Spanish times, Gavilan in English meaning Hawk. In 1846 Capt. John Charles Fremont, brevet captain of topographical engineers of the United States Army, was conducting a survey and exploring expedition . . . — Map (db m62680) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Fremont Peak Memorial
The American flag was first raised on California soil March 4, 1846 on this spot by General John C. Fremont — Map (db m62681) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Jim Jack’s Cabin
Jim Jack was known as China Jim, the Mustard King. In the 1880’s he gathered mustard seed from the grain fields in the San Juan Valley. Jim Jack, “the big-hearted Chinaman” had that rarest of gifts, the gift of giving. — Map (db m62721) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — 181 — John Charles Fremont1813 – 1890
John Charles Fremont was a naturalist, explorer, scientist and Captain with the U.S. Topographical Engineers on his third expedition to the West when he camped on this mountain. His assignment was to survey, map, chart trails and find the shortest . . . — Map (db m57986) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Marentis House
Marentis House Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1873 — Map (db m62728) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — 195 — Mission San Juan Bautista
Founded June 24, 1797 by Father Laseun 15th of the 21 Missions largest and only church with 3 aisles. Dedicated in 1812 Monastery wing consisted of 36 rooms This Mission has never been abandoned. It is now the parish church of San Juan . . . — Map (db m82242) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Native Daughters Adobe
Reportedly built in the 1840’s by a Basque named Rafael Pico. First recorded owner Maria Antonia Boronda in 1849. Owned by family members of Jose Maria Castro for many years. Ruins purchased by San Juan Bautista Parlor, N.D.G.W. in 1934. — Map (db m62688) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Patrick and Margaret Breen
In Memoriam Patrick and Margaret Breen These pioneers left county Carlow, Ireland, in 1828. By 1845 they were owners of a farm in Iowa Territory. Heading westward again, they joined the Donnor (sic) Party, whose heroic struggles . . . — Map (db m62725) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Progress Becomes HistoryEl Progresso se Combirtió en Historia
English: Residents Built and Destroyed on this Corner The first permanent structures here were the adobe apartments for the Mission military families. In 1856, a wooden Wells Fargo Express Office replaced the adobe ruins. . . . — Map (db m82205) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Safety Follows Wisdom
Portland Cement Association Safety Trophy Award Ideal Cement Compamy San Juan Bautista, California for a Perfect Safety Record in 1960 — Map (db m15322) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — San Juan Bautista Historic District
San Juan Bautista Historic District has been designated a National Registered Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the . . . — Map (db m15355) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — San Juan Bautista WW II Veterans
Dedication In memory of the San Juan Bautista area WW II veterans who gave their lives so we all could be free Pvt. Leslie Garratt • Lt. Gene Cullumber • Lt. David Phillips • Pfc. Raymond Acuna • Pfc. Guy Rider • S/Sgt. Edwin Kellogg • . . . — Map (db m62724) WM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — San Juan Pacific Railway
The San Juan Pacific Railway was incorporated May 4, 1907, becoming the California Central Railroad in 1912. Some of the locals referred to it as The San Juan Terrific. Built to haul the expected large quantities of Portland cement from the Old . . . — Map (db m100906) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Settler's CabinCabaña de los Colonos
English: Possibly the First Log Cabin in California Originally located 1.5 miles southeast on Mission Vineyard Ranch, this cabin type was unusual in 1830 California. A skilled American carpenter hand split and trimmed the redwood slabs . . . — Map (db m92883) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — The San Andreas Fault Exhibit & El Camino Real Earthquake Walk
In Celebration of the U.S.Geological Survey's Centennial 1879 - 1979 Dedicated July 4, 1979 by SAN JUAN BAUTISTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE In Cooperation With Old Mission San Juan Bautista-Diocese of . . . — Map (db m15340) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Town JailCárcel Municipal
English: Holding Cell for Drunks and Petty Offenders Sheriffs transported law breakers to Monterey or Hollister until 1870. Then the town built a jail for minor violators. Originally located on 4th Street, this simple building served the . . . — Map (db m92884) HM
California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — Veterans of the World WarCharles F. Patrick
Dedicated MDCCCCXXIII by the citizens of San Juan Bautista under the auspices of the San Juan Bautista Parlor Native Daughters of the Golden West to the Veterans of the World War and in memory of Charles F. Patrick who died . . . — Map (db m62722) WM
California (San Benito County), Tres Pinos — 19th Hole RendevousOnce a Saloon, Always a Saloon — Erected 1890
Eviglia's Place operated by Frank & Henrietta Eviglia for 40 years. Operated as 19th Hole by John Eviglia & Jean Mouret for 17 years. Operated by Buck (ECV) & Stoffer (ECV) for 13 years. Operated 1 year by Welch & Galleri. Currently operated by . . . — Map (db m26777) HM
California (San Benito County), Tres Pinos — Cottage Corners
First saloon serving steam beer in this area. Has been here for over 100 years. Owned and operated for many years by Steve Kaelin. Presently owned by Lydia C. and Ray L. Dassel. — Map (db m62925) HM
California (San Benito County), Tres Pinos — Palmtag Cutting Shed
Once a common sight in the rural Hollister area, apricot cutting sheds were where the harvested apricots were cut in half and then were placed on wood trays to be dried in the sun. The apricot season usually started at the same time that school got . . . — Map (db m99825) HM
California (San Benito County), Tres Pinos — Site of the Tres Pinos Hotel1873-1958
The hotel served patrons of the Southern Pacific line that ended at the Tres Pinos turntable. Monterey Viejo Chapter E Clampus Vitus June 2, 1973 — Map (db m26920) HM

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