“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Dimas in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

La Cienega Mud Springs, Birthplace of San Dimas

La Cienega Mud Springs Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Joseph Beeman
1. La Cienega Mud Springs Marker
Inscription. La Cienega—Mud Springs, Los Angeles - San Bernardino - Sonora Road Stage Station and campground. A place favored by the Indians. Near here in 1774 and 1776 Juan Bautisa de Anza—trailblazer, colonizer—and his followers passed on their way from Sonora, Mexico to Monterrey, California. And on November 12 1826 Jedediah Strong Smith, trader, trapper, pathfinder, one of the most heroic pioneers of the nation, and the first American to make his way overland to California, camped with his fearless band of trappers near this spot on his way to Mission San Gabriel.

Erected by the Pomona Valley historical society and the Service Organizations of San Dimas. Dedicated in 1939.
Erected 1993 by San Dimas Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 34° 6.192′ N, 117° 47.91′ W. Marker was in San Dimas, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker was on Arrow Highway west of San Dimas Canyon Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. It is between the highway and the railroad tracks. Marker
Birthplace of San Dimas Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Joseph Beeman
2. Birthplace of San Dimas Marker
La Cienega Mud Springs, birthplace of San Dimas.
was at or near this postal address: 503 E Arrow highway, San Dimas CA 91773, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 9 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Adobe de Palomares (approx. 3.3 miles away but has been reported missing); First Home of Pomona College (approx. 4 miles away); Madonna of the Trail (approx. 8.4 miles away); George Chaffey, Jr. (approx. 8.5 miles away); WCTU Fountain (approx. 8.8 miles away).
Regarding La Cienega Mud Springs, Birthplace of San Dimas. San Dimas was originally called Mud Springs.
Also see . . .  San Dimas Community History. (Submitted on April 12, 2006.)
Additional comments.
Drove by this last Saturday & it looks like the plaque has been pried off of the marker's base. Been there since 1939 & now some illiterate twit with a crowbar has probably had it melted down for a few bucks. So sad.
Jim Guess
    — Submitted January 25, 2015.

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At the Base of the Birthplace Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Joseph Beeman
3. At the Base of the Birthplace Marker
Completed by the Garden Section of the San Dimas Woman's Club Feb. 1954.
From Across the Highway Photo, Click for full size
By Joseph Beeman
4. From Across the Highway
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. This page has been viewed 3,292 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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