First State Capital

First State Capital (HMZJU)

Location: San Jose, CA 95113 Santa Clara County
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N 37° 19.96', W 121° 53.354'

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The first California State Legislature met on this site in 1849. San Jose was designated State Capital at the Constitutional Convention in Monterey after intensive lobbying by local representatives. The town made every effort to accommodate the Legislature, but the statehouse could not be readied on time, hotel facilities were inadequate, and an unusually wet winter caused flooding, making downtown streets impassable. The behavior of the legislators themselves earned the 1849 session the title "The Legislature of 1000 Drinks," This inauspicious start, and pressure from communities eager to gain the status of capital for themselves, led to the legislators decision to move to Vallejo following their second and final meeting in San Jose in 1851.
Marker Number3
Placed BySan Jose History Walk
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 7:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 598401 N 4132355
Decimal Degrees37.33266667, -121.88923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.96', W 121° 53.354'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 57.60" N, 121° 53' 21.24" W
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Area Code(s)408, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 170 S Market St, San Jose CA 95113, US
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