1775 and 1776On January 1, 1776, the first party of colonists to come overland to the Pacific Coast crossed the Santa Ana River south of this marker and camped between here and the river. Recruited in the presidios of Sonora, Mexico, and led by Lt. Col. Juan Bautista de Anza, who had established the trail a year earlier, this humble and heroic band of 242 men, women and children continued north and founded San Francisco. Thus was set a boundary to Russian expansion from the north. Three precarious missions were being maintained by uncertain ocean voyages prior to the opening of De Anza's Trail. Afterward, the flourishing missions and ranchos of Spanish California sprang from the droves of cattle, sheep, and horses brought over the trail.
|Series||This marker is part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail series, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series.|
|Placed By||Riverside Pioneer Historical Society, De Anza Caballeros, Native Daughters of the Golden West, Jurupa Parlor No. 196, Native Sons of the Golden West Riverside Parlor No. 299, Rubidoux Chapter N.S.D.A.R|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 10:12am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||11S E 459241 N 3759573|
|Decimal Degrees||33.97591667, -117.44123333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 58.555', W 117° 26.474'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 58' 33.30" N, 117° 26' 28.44" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6161 Moraga Ave, Riverside CA 92509, US|
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