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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Box Canyon

 
 
Box Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 18, 2008
1. Box Canyon Marker
Inscription. The old way variously known as Sonora, Colorado River or Southern Emigrant Trail and later as Butterfield Overland Mail Route traversed Box Canyon just east of here. January 19, 1847, the Mormon Battalion, under command of Lt-Col. Philip St G Cooke, using hand tools hewed a passage through the rocky walls of the narrow gorge for their wagons and opened the first road into Southern California.
 
Erected 1950 by San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the Historical Markers Committee. (Marker Number 472.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, the California Historical Landmarks, and the Mormon Battalion marker series.
 
Location. 33° 0.906′ N, 116° 26.568′ W. Marker is in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on Great Southern /Overland Stage Route of 1849 (County Route S2), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11982 County Route S2, Julian CA 92036, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butterfield Overland Mail Route (approx. 2.7 miles away); Pedro Fages Trail (approx. 6 miles away); Vallecito-Butterfield Stage Station
Box Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 18, 2008
2. Box Canyon Marker
(approx. 6 miles away); Vallecito Stage Station (approx. 6 miles away); San Felipe (approx. 6.5 miles away); F.L. Blanc Rental (approx. 10.1 miles away); F.L. Blanc Warehouse (approx. 10.1 miles away); Julian Jail (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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