“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near San Juan Bautista in San Benito County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Fremont Peak

Fremont Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 17, 2013
1. Fremont Peak Marker
Inscription. Fremont Peak was called Gavilan Peak in early Spanish times, Gavilan in English meaning Hawk. In 1846 Capt. John Charles Fremont, brevet captain of topographical engineers of the United States Army, was conducting a survey and exploring expedition in Oregon and California. His presence with an armed force in the settled area was objected to by Prefect Manuel Castro and General Jose Castro and the California authorities. He was ordered to leave. Instead Fremont prepared to resist this request. He ascended Gavilan Peak where he built a fort of logs. A sapling was cut for a flagpole and on March 6, 1846 Fremont raised the flag of the United States. Castro has his forces below at San Juan Bautista but before any attack was made, Fremont’s flagpole blew down on the afternoon of March 9. Fremont, taking this as a bad omen broke camp in the night and moved on toward the San Joaquin. So the open battle was avoided. After this episode Gavilan Peak again became the meeting place for hawks.
Elevation 3169 feet
Location. 36° 45.547′ N, 121° 30.212′ W. Marker is near San Juan Bautista, California, in San Benito County. Marker is on San Juan Canyon Road (County Route G1). Click for map. This marker is located in Fremont Peak State Park in the upper parking
Fremont Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2008
2. Fremont Peak Marker
lot near the Fremont Peak trailhead. Marker is in this post office area: San Juan Bautista CA 95045, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Charles Fremont (a few steps from this marker); Fremont Peak Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Natividad (approx. 5.5 miles away); Battle of Natividad (approx. 5.6 miles away); Vineyard School (approx. 5.9 miles away); Anza House (approx. 6.1 miles away); Native Daughters Adobe (approx. 6.1 miles away); Town Jail (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Juan Bautista.
Also see . . .  Fremont Peak State Park. Before Frémont’s name was attached to the mountain, it was known as Gabilan Peak from the Spanish word for hawk. (Submitted on January 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Exploration
Fremont Peak image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
3. Fremont Peak
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   2. submitted on .   3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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