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Location DB > United States > California > Brentwood > John Marsh House
John Marsh House
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created by rapcw on 6/5/2006 3:21 AM
last modified by rapcw on 6/18/2006 6:00 PM
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A 150 year old house built by the pioneer John Marsh.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Under Renovation
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Marsh Creek Rd.
Brentwood, California
United States
Owner: California State Parks
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  •  Interesting Features
    The 150 year old house, the surrounding buildings and ruins, the architecture.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1856
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
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  •  Recommended Equipment
    The Marsh House was built by John Marsh, the first American settler in the region, and who helped bring settlers to the area. John Marsh bought 17,000 acres in the area, and his lands stretched from the San Joaquin River to the north to the rolling hills in the south, where his ranch resides. Construction on the ranch began in the mid-1850s and was largely built by the Native Americans living in the surrounding areas, whom Marsh was good friends with. It was built with sandstone which was in abundance in the region. Construction was completed in 1856, but Marsh barely furnished the place when he was murdered on September 24, only two weeks after the place was finished. His son continued to live in the house for awhile, and many different people occupied the place. The construction was faulty, and as early as 1878 occupants were complaining of problems with the place. The place underwent many renovations over the years, and had extensive damage done to it by an earthquake in the 1890s. In the 1920s a sandstone company bought the place and built a mill on the nearby Marsh Creek, using the house as headquarters and building an extension and outbuildings on the property. By the 1950s the place lay vacant, and sat for 20 years untended, being destroyed by both vandals and the elements. In the 70s the state attempted some stabilizing work, but soon gave up and was another few decades before serious renovation work was begun again. Which is where the property is now, being renovated in the hopes that the area can become a state park and that the house can be used by the public as a museum.
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     Future Plans
    The state and local government are trying to make the house and surroundings into a state park, and make the house a museum. Estimated cost is $20 million to restore the house, so it will be in its current state for quite a while.

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    Open House
    Sat, Jun 3rd, 2006
    posted by rapcw
    21 pictures
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    Historic and Blueprints
    Sun, Jun 18th, 2006
    posted by rapcw
    5 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 6/20/2006 9:16 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 20 06 at 21:16, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 18 06 at 18:14, rapcw updated gallery picture interior1.jpg
  • on Jun 18 06 at 18:13, rapcw updated gallery picture marshhouse 027.jpg
  • on Jun 18 06 at 18:13, rapcw updated gallery picture marshhouse 037.jpg
  • on Jun 18 06 at 18:13, rapcw updated gallery picture marshhouse 013.jpg
  • on Jun 18 06 at 18:11, rapcw updated gallery picture marshhouse 048.jpg
  • on Jun 18 06 at 18:01, rapcw made this location available
  • on Jun 18 06 at 18:00, rapcw changed the following: History
  • on Jun 18 06 at 17:57, rapcw updated gallery picture marshhouse 027.jpg
  • on Jun 18 06 at 17:57, rapcw updated gallery picture marshhouse 021.jpg
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