Captain Elisha Stephens

Captain Elisha Stephens (HMFZY)

Location: Cupertino, CA 95014 Santa Clara County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 19.35', W 122° 3.617'

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1804 - 1887

— A True Pioneer —

Captain Stephens brought the first wagonsover the snow covered Sierra NevadaTruckee Pass with no casualties in theStephens-Murphy-Townsend party of 1844,arriving at Sutter's Fort with 11 wagonsand 51 people plus 2 infants born on theway. Later wagon trains followed his trail less well. A blacksmith by trade,Elisha served under Commodore Stockton inordnance in the Mexican war, 1846-48.

Stephens was the first Americanresident to homestead 160 acres in"Westside" (Cupertino) in 1848 which hecalled Blackberry Farm. In 1859, he added155.57 acres from the Rancho San Antonio,making 315.57 acres. His favorite food wasthe ever-available rattlesnake. In 1862, hesold all his properties to George McCauleyand William McClellan, respectivelybecause the area had become"Too Durn Civilized!"
Series This marker is part of the California Trail series, and the More Than Words series.
Year Placed1995
Placed ByThe CA-NV chapter of the Oregon-California Trail Association, Cupertino Historical Society, City of Cupertino, & Mountain Charlie Chapter, ECV
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 11:22pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 583258 N 4131063
Decimal Degrees37.32250000, -122.06028333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.35', W 122° 3.617'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 21.00" N, 122° 3' 37.02" W
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Area Code(s)408, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 22050 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino CA 95014, US
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