"Cowboy Jim" Donovan

"Cowboy Jim" Donovan (HMZUA)

Location: Santa Clara, CA 95050 Santa Clara County
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N 37° 20.873', W 121° 57.223'

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Born in San Francisco, James Donovan came to Santa Clara following the 1906 earthquake at the age of nine and resided in this house the rest of his life. Orphaned young, he started hauling baggage from the railroad depot using a few dogs pulling a cart. Later, as a young man he earned enough money to buy a horse and progressed to weed plowing for the town and watering the trees lining the unpaved streets. Less than 5 ft. tall, he got the nickname "Cowboy Jim" from working as a cowhand on valley ranches. For decades, Jim was a familiar figure around Santa Clara dressed in cowboy attire, marching in all the town parades using his horse and wagon or goat cart to give children rides around the neighborhood.

Calling the city council meetings "the best entertainment in town," Cowboy Jim faithfully attended them for over 36 years. In September 1967, on his 70th birthday, the council declared "Cowboy Jim Donovan Day" in ceremonies held at a council meeting.
Placed BySanta Clara Historical and Landmark Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 2:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 592669 N 4133978
Decimal Degrees37.34788333, -121.95371667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 20.873', W 121° 57.223'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 20' 52.38" N, 121° 57' 13.38" W
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Area Code(s)408, 619, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1737 Benton St, Santa Clara CA 95050, US
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