Charles Weber and the Founding of Stockton

Charles Weber and the Founding of Stockton (HMG2A)

Location: Stockton, CA 95202 San Joaquin County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 57.203', W 121° 17.615'

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Weber Point

Arriving in California with the Bidwell Party in 1841, Charles Weber could not have anticipated the monumental changes that were to come to this region after the Gold Rush. Originally a native of Germany, Weber was an immigrant to California when it was governed by Mexico. In 1842, he went into business in San Jose with William Gulnac, a Mexican citizen. In 1845, after Weber himself became a Mexican citizen, he acquired Gulnac's interest in a 48,747 acre Spanish land grant called "El Rancho del Campo de los Franceses," a vast tract which included the future city of Stockton.

In 1847, Captain Weber had the village site surveyed and turned his full attention to settling the land and enticing settlers with free parcels. A few months later, in January, 1848, James Marshall discovered gold and initiated the California Gold Rush. Stockton, being the head of navigable waterways leading to the ocean, was uniquely positioned to grow into a thriving metropolis serving as California's gateway to the southern mines.

In 1847, Weber established his residence on the peninsula that is now named Weber Point. He became a wealthy man, having reaped Gold Rush profits from his mining company and businesses. He built a magnificent home of redwood, adobe and brick on Weber Point which soon became a showplace among California homes. Gardens were planted around the home, and avidly nurtured by the Captain. This garden was open to the public for many years. Weber lived out the rest of his years in his mansion with his wife Helen. He was survived by their three children, Charles, Julia and Thomas. You can find more information on Charles Weber and view the footprint of his mansion if you visit the pavilion on the far western edge of Weber Point.
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 2:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 649919 N 4202016
Decimal Degrees37.95338333, -121.29358333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 57.203', W 121° 17.615'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 57' 12.18" N, 121° 17' 36.90" W
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Area Code(s)209, 530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 W Weber Ave, Stockton CA 95202, US
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