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Raising of the Bear Flag Monument

 
 
Raising of the Bear Flag Monument Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
1. Raising of the Bear Flag Monument Marker
Inscription. This Monument was erected by the Native Sons of the Golden West and the State of California to commemorate the raising of the Bear Flag on this spot June 14, 1846 by the Bear Flag Party and their declaration of freedom of California from Mexican rule. On July 9, 1846 the Bear Flag was hauled down and the American Flag here raised in its place by Lieutenant Joseph W. Revere, U.S.A., who was sent to Sonoma from San Francisco by Commander John D. Montgomery of the U.S. Sloop of War “Portsmouth”, following the raising of the American Flag at Monterey July 7, 1846 by Commodore John Drake Sloat.
 
Erected 1914 by Native Sons of the Golden West, June 14, 1914. (Marker Number 7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 17.594′ N, 122° 27.408′ W. Marker is in Sonoma, California, in Sonoma County. Marker is at the intersection of First Street East and East Spain Street, on the right when traveling south on First Street East. Click for map. Marker and Monument are located at the North Eastern corner of the Sonoma City Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sonoma CA 95476, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Close-Up of Artwork and Script on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
2. Close-Up of Artwork and Script on Marker
within walking distance of this marker. Sonoma Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Toscano Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); The End of the Mission Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Vasquez House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mission San Francisco Solano Sacred Ground (about 300 feet away); Servants Quarters (about 300 feet away); Mission San Francisco Solano (about 300 feet away); The Poppe-Parmelee Building (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sonoma.
 
Regarding Raising of the Bear Flag Monument. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.7 on June 1, 1932 and re-dedicated by the Native Sons of the Golden West, April 2000.
 
Also see . . .  Bear Flagger’s Statements. The Bear Flag Museum Collection of statements made regarding the Bear Flag Party (Submitted on January 12, 2009.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Presidio Barracks (Sonoma Barracks) and Bear Flag Monument
The Sonoma Barracks was erected in 1836, by General Vallejo, as quarters for the Mexican soldiers that defended the Pueblo de Sonoma. In June 1846, concerned that Mexico was planning to drive American settlers out of California, Captain John Fremont and a party of 33 men
Raising of the Bear Flag Monument Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
3. Raising of the Bear Flag Monument Marker
made a surprise attack against the Pueblo de Sonoma and captured General Vallejo. Since their action didn't represent the United States, the American Flag could not be raised. Instead, the "Bear Flag of the California Republic" was created and raised over Sonoma. Three weeks later American forces landed in Monterey and declared California a territory of the United States. On July 9, 1846, the Bear Flag was replaced with the "Stars and Stripes" by Lt.Joseph Revere, grandson of Paul Revere.
Source: Discover Historic California, by George & Jan Roberts
    — Submitted January 13, 2009.

 
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Raising of the Bear Flag Monument and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
4. Raising of the Bear Flag Monument and Marker
Sculpture on Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
5. Sculpture on Monument
Looking West
Sculpture on Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
6. Sculpture on Monument
Back View, Looking North
Looking East Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
7. Looking East
Artwork on Back of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
8. Artwork on Back of Monument
The Raising of the Bear Flag
June 14, 1846
Additional Marker at the Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
9. Additional Marker at the Monument
Donated By
The Native Sons
of the Golden West
April 2000
Replica of the Original Bear Flag on Display at Sonoma Barracks Museum Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2008
10. Replica of the Original Bear Flag on Display at Sonoma Barracks Museum
The Bear Flag Story
The original Bear Flag was made in the Sonoma Barracks on June 14 or 15, 1846. It flew over Sonoma until July 9, 1846 when it was replaced by the Stars and Stripes. Other Bear Flags-four or more of them-were made between June 15 and July 9 for use at Bodega Bay and elsewhere. When the original Bear Flag was lowered at Sonoma July 9, it was given as a momento to one of the sons of Captain Montgomery of the U.S.S. Portsmouth then at anchor in San Francisco Bay. Montgomery took the flag to Washington,D.C. where it was placed in the archives of the Naval Department. In 1855, at the request of California's Congressional delegation, the flag was returned to California for permanent display in the San Francisco headquarters of the Society of California Pioneers. The flag on display here is a copy made by Pioneers before the original flag was destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. Source: Sonoma Barracks Museum
State Historical Landmark Directional Sign at Entrance to Sonoma Plaza Area Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
11. State Historical Landmark Directional Sign at Entrance to Sonoma Plaza Area
Raising of the Bear Flag Monument Photo, Click for full size
By A.F.Broad, San Francisco
12. Raising of the Bear Flag Monument
Description on postcard:
Bear Flag Monument, Sonoma, Cal.
Raising of the Bear Flag Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Ed Wood, Forestville, Cal. , H.S. Crocker, S.F.
13. Raising of the Bear Flag Monument
Description on postcard:
MONUMENT TO THE RAISING OF THE BEAR FLAG
Sonoma, California
This monument was erected by the Native Sons of the Golden West and the State of California to commemorate the raising of the Bear Flag on this spot June14, 1846 by the Bear Flag Party and their declaration of the freedom of California from Mexican rule. On July 9, 1846, the Bear Flag was hauled down and the American Flag raised in its place by Lt. J.W. Revere, U.S.A., who was sent to Sonoma from San Francisco by Commander J.B. Montgomery of the U.S. Sloop of War Portsmouth, following the raising of the American Flag at Monterey July 7, 1846, bu Commodore John Drake Sloat.
 
 
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