ECV1850 Plaque:
First Honeybees in California


[ Photo of plaque. ]


[ Photo of plaque. ]


FIRST HONEYBEES IN CALIFORNIA
HERE, ON THE 1,939 ACRE RANCHO POTRERO DE SANTA
CLARA, CHRISTOPHER A. SHELTON IN EARLY MARCH 1853 IN-
TRODUCED THE HONEYBEE TO CALIFORNIA. IN ASPENWALL,
PANAMA, SHELTON PURCHASED 12 BEEHIVES FROM A NEW
YORKER AND TRANSPORTED THEM BY RAIL, "BONGO,"
PACK MULE, AND STEAMSHIP TO SAN FRANCISCO. ONLY E-
NOUGH BEES SURVIVED TO FILL ONE HIVE, BUT THESE
QUICKLY PROPAGATED, LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR
CALIFORNIA'S MODERN BEEKEEPING INDUSTRY.

CALIFORNIA REGISTERED HISTORICAL LANDMARK No. 945

PLAQUE PLACED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
AND RECREATION IN COOPERATION WITH E CLAMPUS
VITUS, MOUNTAIN CHARLIE CHAPTER No. 1850 AND IN
HONOR OF SAN JOSE CITY HISTORIAN, CLYDE ARBUCKLE.
MARCH 6, 1982

 Victorian Bar

Plaque is located at the
San Jose International Airport.
1661 Airport Boulevard
San Jose.
Santa Clara County, CA.

Outside of Terminal C, Door #10,
the main entrance nearest to the
Northwest Airlines ticket desk.





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