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California Historical Landmarks in San Joaquin County
 
 
 
California Landmark 777
San Joaquin City Site
Opposite 31167 Kasson Road
Tracy
Site of San Joaquin City Near Tracy, California
 
Site of San Joaquin City Near Tracy, California
Both Photos Taken 7 October 2007
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San Joaquin City Site

This river town was established in 1849. Pioneers and freight wagons following post roads to the southern mines crossed the river nearby at Durham's Ferry, and as a terminal for riverboats, the town played an important part in development of west side grain farming and cattle raising.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

The fifty-pound, bronze plaque is missing.

The family residing across the street reported its disappearance to the County Sheriff in October, 2005, according to Jake Armstrong reporting in the 9 June 2007 edition of the Stockton Record.

According to the Record, "the agencies whose names are emblazoned on the face of the plaque - the California State Park Commission and the San Joaquin County Historical Society - did not know it was even missing or who is responsible for maintaining it."

Replacement of the plaque seems unlikely. A spokesperson for the California Office of Historic Preservation told Mr. Armstrong that the office does not know who owned the plaque and that the State of California does not replace missing plaques. Plaques commemorating California Historical Landmarks are sponsored and financed by citizens.

Although there is no evidence in this case, theft of copper and copper alloys by methamphetamine users has become an increasing problem in the Central Valley as copper prices and drug usage have risen. (See Jennifer Steinhauer's report from Buttonwillow, California, in the 31 July 2007 edition of the New York Times.)

Some Missing California Plaques

When we visited the following sites, we were unable to locate a California commemorative plaque.

At some sites, it appeared that a California plaque had never been erected. At other sites, there was a base, but the plaque itself was missing. Some sites without California plaques had other historic markers, but they did not note that the site is a California Historical Landmark.

Bear Valley, Mariposa County
Big Bar, Amador and Calaveras Counties
Brown Home, Red Bluff
Bloody Point, Modoc County
Bonner Grade, Modoc County

Butte Store, Amador County
Condemned Bar, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Crabtree (Lotta) Home, Grass Valley
Donner Monument, Truckee
Douglas Flat, Calaveras County
Ebbetts Pass, Alpine County

Evans and Bailey Fight, Modoc County
Fort Janesville, Lassen County
Frémont's Camp, Modoc County
Frog Woman Rock, Mendocino County
Hornitos, Mariposa County

Irishtown, Amador County
Jackson Gate, Amador County
Kirkwood's, Amador County
Maiden's Grave, El Dorado National Forest
Marklee's Cabin Site, Markleeville

Methodist Episcopal Church, Placerville
Montez (Lola) Home, Grass Valley
Negro Hill, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Old Emigrant Trail, Modoc National Forest
Pioneer Hall, Jackson

Plymouth Trading Post, Plymouth
Pony Express Remount Station, Woodfords
Portolá Camp October 24-26, 1769), San Gregorio State Beach
Portolá Camp October 28-29, 1769), Half Moon Bay
Sailing Launch Comet, Lathrop

Salmon Falls, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
San Joaquin City Site, Tracy
Smartsville, Yuba County
Stone Corral, Calaveras County
Studebaker's Shop, Placerville

Sutter Creek, Amador County
Transcontinental Railroad, Lathrop
Willms Ranch, Knights Ferry
Valley Springs, Calaveras County

 
 
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