Friday, November 02, 2007

California Historical Landmark #644

Home of Martin Murphy, Jr.
California State Historical Landmark #644

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This landmark is located Martin Murphy, Jr. Historical Park at the corner of North Sunnyvale and California Avenues, Sunnyvale , California. There are 42 other California State Historical Landmarks in Santa Clara County.

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Martin Murphy, Jr. arrived in California with his family in 1844 in the first wagon train to cross the Sierra Nevada. The founder of Sunnyvale, he constructed here his prefabricated lumber house, brought around the Horn in 1849. Members of the Murphy family lived here continuously until 1953, when the property was acquired by the City of Sunnyvale. The house was destroyed by fire in 1961.

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