Murrieta's Well
3005 Mines Road, Livermore  
(Fountain rebuilt, plaque being remounted by owner)
Larry Mathewson
Additional Info : Doins Flyer, Photo

JOAQUIN MURRIETA AND MURRIETA’S WELL
THE LEGEND OF JOAQUIN MURRIETA AND HIS HORSEMEN IS ONE OF THE MOST ENDURING
AND FASCINATING CHAPTERS IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY. FACTS, FICTION AND ROMANTIC TALES ENTANGLE TO CREATE A LEGEND OF UNIQUE AURAS THAT HAD BECOME PART OF CALIFORNIA’S FOLKLORE, ESPECIALLY IN THE LIVERMORE VALLEY WHERE JOAQUIN WAS A FREQUENT VISITOR.
IN THE EARLY 1850’S JOAQUIN MURRIETA ROAMED THIS LAND.  MOST FAMOUS AS AN
AVENGING OUTLAW OR A ROBIN HOOD, JOAQUIN MURRIETA AND HIS MEN WERE ABOVE
EVERYTHING ELSE HORSEMEN AND OF THE BEST OF BREEDS.
WILD HORSES, ABUNDANT IN THOSE DAYS AROUND THE SACRAMENTO DELTA, WERE
ROUNDED UP BY JOAQUIN AND HIS MEN AND DRIVEN TO SONORA, MEXICO, WHERE
THEY WERE SOLD AT HIGH PRICES.
ONE OF JOAQUIN’S FAVORITE CAMPS WAS AT THIS SPOT BECAUSE HE CLAIMED THE WATER
HERE WAS THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY WHERE HE RODE.
THIS FOUNTAIN IS OVER THE ARTESIAN WELL THAT JOAQUIN MURRIETA FAVORED TO
WATER HIS HERDS OF WILD MUSTANGS.

DEDICATED APRIL 16, 1994
JOAQUIN MURRIETA CHAPTER 13
E CLAMPUS VITUS