Bell Station, California
The location was originally called Hollenbeck's Station, (possibly after the namesake of the Sunnyvale street of the same name). It was renamed for Lafayette F. Bell, who had built a saloon at the entrance to a 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, and was in use from 1873-1914.
Some references say the locale was a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route. The stagecoach route to San Francisco from the American midwest was known to have stops every ten miles or so along its length. Hall of Fame baseball player Harry Hooper was born here in 1887.
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. The area is about 350 feet above mean sea level (AMSL).
- Durham, David L., Durham's Place Names of the San Francisco Bay Area, (Clovis, California: Word Dancer Press, 2000) pp. 153.
- Myer, Chuck, report: Pacheco Past: A History of the Gateway to Santa Clara County, (San Jose, California: Pioneers of Santa Clara County, 1992).
- Bell Station Kaiser-Aetna Road (restricted access) entrance to Coe State Park
- 1921 USGS Gilroy Hot Springs 15-minute quadrangle map