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Near Newman in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Orestimba
 
Orestimba Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 4, 2008
1. Orestimba Marker
 
Inscription. A local Indian word for "meeting place". Nearby are the famous Indian rocks and sycamore grove where mission padres met with the local Indian tribes. Visited by Lt. Moraga and Fr. Viader on October 25, 1810. Became a favorite watering place for travelers of El Camino Viejo, "the Old Road", that traversed the west side of the valley from San Pedro to San Antonio".

Erected April 20, 1974
Estanislao Chapter No. 58
Garland R. Goesch NGH
E Clampus Vitus
 
Erected 1974 by Estanislao Chapter No. 58, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 18.052′ N, 121° 6.238′ W. Marker is near Newman, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 5. Click for map. The marker is located at a scenic overlook on top of a hill near Newman, CA. It is only accessible by exiting from I-5 driving southbound - exit at the sign for the scenic overlook, and follow the road ~0.1 mile to the top of the hill. Marker is in this post office area: Newman CA 95360, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West of This Point is the California Aqueduct (within shouting distance of this marker); Founding Day April 28, 1888 (approx. 4.4 miles away); Men of Gustine War Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away); Enterprise School (approx. 6.5 miles away); Gustine Museum (approx. 6.6 miles away); Hills Ferry (approx. 7.8 miles away); Hotel Del Puerto (approx. 11.9 miles away); Patterson's Westside Bell (approx. 11.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newman.
 
Orestimba Marker - Wide Shot (looking north-west) Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 4, 2008
2. Orestimba Marker - Wide Shot (looking north-west)
In the background is the California Aqueduct. The aqueduct, constructed in the early 1960's, carries water more than 440 miles from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta to Lake Perris in Southern California.
 

 
More about this marker. The marker is roughly one mile south of Orestimba creek. The rocks and sycamore grove, if still extant, are not visible from the marker.
 
Regarding Orestimba. In Historic Spots in California, Mildred Hoover notes that the Arroyo de Orestimba was called "the meeting place" because the padres and local Indians agreed to meet there again in the following year.
 
View South from Orestimba Marker Site Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 4, 2008
3. View South from Orestimba Marker Site
Just as El Camino Viejo carried north- and south-bound travelers along the west side of the Central Valley, today Interstate 5 (pictured) does much the same, albeit with greater comfort and speed.
 
 
Orestimba Marker Photo, Click for full size
December 4, 2012
4. Orestimba Marker
Looking west from the marker.
 
 
Orestimba Marker Photo, Click for full size
December 4, 2012
5. Orestimba Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,350 times since then. Last updated on December 4, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 22, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   4, 5. submitted on April 13, 2012. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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