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Bell Station Restaurant, shown circa 2007, may be permanently closed.

Bell Station (or Bell's Station) is an unincorporated area located along State Route 152 between Casa de Fruta and Pacheco Pass near the southeast extent of Santa Clara County, California.

A Department of Transportation (Caltrans) maintenance station used to exist in this area. A California Department of Forestry fire station is west of Bell Station along SR152.

The ZIP Code is 95020 and the community is inside area code 408.

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History

The location was originally Hollenbeck's Station, (possibly after the namesake of the Sunnyvale street of the same name). [1] It was renamed for Lafayette F. Bell who built a saloon at the entrance to a toll road over Pacheco Pass. Later, Bell bought the road over Pacheco Pass from Andrew Firebaugh and began charging a toll for passage. A Bell's Station Post Office was established by the U.S. Postal Service from 1873-1914.[2]

Some references say the locale was a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route. [2] The stagecoach route to San Francisco from the American midwest was known to have stops every ten miles or so along its length.

Geography

Bell Station is an officially-defined geographic feature of type locale in the National Geographic Names Database. The feature ID number is 218994. The location also appears on the US Geological Survey 7.5-minute quadrangle "Pacheco Peak, California" and the 1921 "Gilroy Hot Springs, California" 15-minute quadrangle.

The US Geological Survey latitude and longitude for the locale is given as 37°02′12″N 121°18′39″W / 37.03667°N 121.31083°W / 37.03667; -121.31083. The area is about 350 feet above mean sea level (AMSL).

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References

  1. ^ Durham, David L., Durham's Place Names of the San Francisco Bay Area, (Clovis, California: Word Dancer Press, 2000) pp. 153.
  2. ^ a b Myer, Chuck, report: Pacheco Past: A History of the Gateway to Santa Clara County, (San Jose, California: Pioneers of Santa Clara County, 1992).

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Coordinates: 37°02′11″N 121°18′39″W / 37.0365°N 121.3108°W / 37.0365; -121.3108

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