Sunday, May 28, 2006

California Historical Landmark #680

Murphy's Corral
California State Historical Landmark #680

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This landmark is located near the southwest corner of Grant Line Road and Highway 99, Elk Grove, California. There are 57 other California State Historical Landmarks in Sacramento County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 22.477 W 121° 21.711.

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This is the site of the beginning of the conquest of California by the United States. On June 10, 1846, American settlers led by Ezekial Merritt overpowered soldiers under Lt. Francisco Arce and took their Mexican army horses from the corral of the Murphy Ranch on the north bank of the Consumnes River. The "Bear Flag" action in Sonoma followed on June 14, 1846.

The actual site of Murphy’s Corral is located several miles south of the historical marker.

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