#0945 First Successful Introduction of the Honeybee to California


#0945 First Successful Introduction of the Honeybee to California

Site information:

On Airport Blvd, between Terminals A and B. Outside of what appears to be the main airport offices.

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


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

First Honeybees in California

Here, on the 1,939-acre Rancho Potrero de Santa Clara, Christopher A. Shelton in early March 1853 introduced the honeybee to California. In Aspinwall, Panama, Shelton purchased 12 beehives from a New Yorker and transported them by rail, “Bongo” pack mule, and steamship to San Francisco. Only enough bees survived to fill one hive, but these quickly propagated, laying the foundation for California’s modern beekeeping industry.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with E Clampus Vitus Mountain Charlie chapter 1850, and in honor of San Jose City Historian Clyde Arbuckle.  March 6, 1982

Registered 9/15/1981