#0260 Santa Clara Campaign Treaty Site


#0260 Santa Clara Campaign Treaty Site

Site information:

Civic Center Park, NE corner of El Camino Real and Lincoln St, Santa Clara

Nothing remains of this site, as far as I know.

37.352598, -121.953966

Plaque information:

There are two state plaques for this site, one across the street from the other. It appears the older plaque was lost and then found again, and rededicated.

37.352136, -121.954141

Park plaque text:

Santa Clara Campaign Treaty Site

After armed confrontation nearby on January 2, 1847, and a truce meeting the following day, Marine Capt. Ward Marston, commander of the United States expeditionary force, and Francisco Sánchez, leader of the Mexican-Californian ranchers, agreed to a treaty here on January 7. United States forces were to recognize rights of Californians and to end seizures of their personal properties.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the City of Santa Clara, and Descendants of Californio Participants, September 20, 1980.

Second plaque text:

Armistice Oak Tree Site

Here, on January 8, 1847, Francisco Sanchez, leader of a California band surrendered himself and some American prisoners and arms to Lieut. Grayson thus ending the “Battle of Santa Clara” or the “Battle of the Mustard Stalks” of January 2, 1847. This armistice ended the last uprising against the tide of American conquest in the Santa Clara Valley.

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the City of Santa Clara Historical and Landmarks Commission.  January 8, 1962.

Plaque addendum text:

Originally placed on the corner of Lawrence Expressway & El Camino Real in 1962. The California Landmark No. 260 plaque marking the “Armistice Oak Tree Site” was removed during the widening of the El Camino and rededicated in a new location in 1969 as part of the City of Santa Clara’s 117th birthday.
Sometime later it was again removed and disappeared. Rescued from a salvage shop in 1999. The plaque has been rededicated at this site in commemoration of the State of California’s Sesquicentennial September 9, 2000 and the City of Santa Clara’s 150th, July 5, 2002.

Plaque placed by the City of Santa Clara City Council and the Sesquicentennial Steering Committee.

Private plaque text:

The Battle of Santa Clara
January 2-7, 1847

The Battle of Santa Clara was the only campaign fought in the Northern district of California between Californios and United States forces during the Mexican-American war. In the 1840’s an oak forest grew near the present Lawrence Expressway, but brackish water and marshy soil limited tree growth in the region to the east providing an unobstructed view of Mission Santa Clara three miles ahead. The battle took place in this open plain.

As you face towards City Hall, the battle area ranged from your left, towards Lawrence Expressway, to your right, towards the De La Cruz overpass. The American Expeditionary force emerged from the trees, on a road that reached the present El Camino Real at Pomeroy Avenue. At that point they first sighted the deployed rancheros on horseback on the open plain. When the Americans’ cannon mired in the mud, halting their march, the rancheros came closer. This site was near where today El Camino crosses Saratoga Creek. An exchange of gunfire occurred with no one hurt. The rancheros returned to their camp, within sight of the people watching from the mission rooftops. After extracting their cannon from the mud the Americans continued to the mission. The skirmishing lasted approximately two hours, but it took five days of negotiations before the official treaty ceremony ended the Battle of Santa Clara.

Placed by the order of the Santa Clara Historical Landmarks Commission September 9, 2000

Registered 9/3/1937