ECV1850 Plaque:
Chateau Liberté

Chateau Liberte Sign

Chayeau Liberte 1920s

Chateau Liberte Pool

Chateau Liberte Plaque

Originally built by Wells Fargo in 1865, this redwood lodge served
as the stagecoach stop between San Francisco and Monterey. By the
late 1800s, rail travel was the preferred method of traveling these
rugged mountains. Horse-drawn wagons picked up travelers from
nearby stations and shuttled them here, then a resort called "The

By 1900, the lodge and several cabins had fallen into disrepair, and
outlaws were known to hide out here. In 1920, Ferdinand Boussy
bought the property, renaming it "Le Chateau Boussy," From 1929 to
1934, it was known to be a speakeasy and brothel. After prohibition
and the Great Depression, Boussy transformed the lodge into a
French restaurant with farm-to-table meals and fine wines.

The Santa Cruz Mountains were pioneering in the 1960s
counterculture movement. By 1965, this was a celebrated live music
venue and hippie commune called "Chateau Regis." Major rock
bands and artists lived and performed here. The Doobie Brothers
band began their celebrated career by performing here on stage
inside the lodge. The legendary Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was
often present at these events. In 1971, it was aptly named

By 1980, the "CHATEAU LIBERTÉ was abandoned, and the
structue remained in ruins. In addition, the Loma Prieta
earthquake of 1989 brought down the iconic granite rock fireplace.
Regardless, the property was purchased in 1996 by local resident
and architect George Rabe. George and his son Dustin, had a vision
to restore The Chateau as it was in 1890. This project was completed
in the year 2000 using materials and milled redwood from the
Dedicated October 20, 2022
by Branciforte Chapter No.1797
Mountain Charlie Chapter No.1850
E Clampus Vitus.

 Victorian Bar

This plaque is located at the entrance to
Chateau Liberté
22700 Old Santa Cruz Highway
Los Gatos, CA 95033
in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Santa Clara County

Chateau Liberté Entrance
WGS84 Datum
  37.141603° N.
-121.968061° W.

Chateau Liberte Mailbox
Look for the 22700 mailbox.

Chateau Liberte Map

Chateau Liberte Map Sat View

Interactive Google Map showing Entrance Driveway

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