De Anza Crossing of the Santa Ana River

De Anza Crossing of the Santa Ana River (HMYEW)

Location: Riverside, CA 92509 Riverside County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 58.555', W 117° 26.474'

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1775 and 1776

On 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.
Marker Number787
Year Placed1964
Placed ByRiverside 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 ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 10:12am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 459241 N 3759573
Decimal Degrees33.97591667, -117.44123333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 58.555', W 117° 26.474'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 58' 33.30" N, 117° 26' 28.44" W
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Area Code(s)909
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6161 Moraga Ave, Riverside CA 92509, US
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