ECV1850 Plaque:
Skinner's Seedling


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SKINNER'S SEEDLING
ON MARCH 29, 1849, HENRY CHAPMAN SKINNER LEFT MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN,
AND CROSSED THE PLAINS TO CALIFORNIA, TAKING WITH HIM SOME NEWTOWN
PIPPEN APPLES. MOST OF THESE APPLES DECAYED DURING THE TRIP, BUT ONE
WAS SAVED AND CONTAINED THIRTEEN SEEDS. IN APRIL OF 1850, SKINNER
SETTLED IN SAN JOSE IN WHAT WOULD BE LATER KNOWN AS THE SWEIGERT
HOUSE, NEAR JULIAN ST. ALONGSIDE THE COYOTE CREEK, HE PLANTED THOSE
THIRTEEN SEEDS IN THE FALL, AND TWO OF THEM GREW. ONE OF THESE
PROVED TO BE A SOUR APPLE AND THE OTHER, A SKINNER"S SEEDLING, WAS
CREATED. THIS TREE GREW THRIFTILY, AS IS ITS NATURE. IN SEPTEMBER 1857,
THE FIRST OF THE FRUITS, THIRTY TWO IN NUMBER, WERE EXHIBITED AT THE
ANNUAL FAIR OF THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. THE
LAST RECORD OF THE ORIGINAL TREE WAS IN 1878. IT WAS STANDING NEAR THE
COYOTE CREEK, AND IN FULL BEARING. SAPLINGS FROM THIS TREE WERE
GROWN LOCALLY AND WERE THE ONLY COMMERCIALLY VIABLE APPLE
DEVELOPED IN CALIFORNIA IN THE LATE 1800s. SKINNER'S SEEDLING SAPLINGS
ARE STILL AVAILABLE AND ARE TRACED TO THE ORIGINAL SEEDS.
   
DEDICATED 2020
BY
CALIFORNIA PIONEERS OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY

MOUNTAIN CHARLIE CHAPTER No.1850
E CLAMPUS VITUS

"RIGHT WRONGS NOBODY"


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This plaque is located at
924 Rosevelt Street
(at 20th Street)
San Jose, CA 95112
Santa Clara County, CA.

Please note: This house is private property.
Please don't disturb the residents.


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  Skinner's Seedling  
WGS84 Datum
N 37.348694°
W -121.874528°


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