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Pajaro in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Portolá Expedition

 
 
Portola Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2013
1. Portola Expedition Marker
Inscription. Here came the first men with Portola and Fr. Crespi, October 9, 1769. This river they called Rio del Pajaro
 
Erected 1905 by Women of Watsonville.
 
Location. 36° 54.278′ N, 121° 45.022′ W. Marker is in Pajaro, California, in Monterey County. Marker is at the intersection of San Juan Road (County Road G11) and Porter Drive, on the left when traveling south on San Juan Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 San Juan Road, Watsonville CA 95076, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The City of Watsonville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Porter Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Year to Remember in Watsonville (approx. half a mile away); This Gun Was Used (approx. half a mile away); The Lettunich Building (approx. half a mile away); The Mansion House (approx. half a mile away); Judge Julius Lee House (approx. half a mile away); Where Strawberries are Sweeter (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The Portolá Expedition of 1769. The following day they reached the Pajaro River, which they named for the large straw-stuffed bird (pajaro in Spanish) with a wingspan of over six feet in a deserted
Portola Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2013
2. Portola Expedition Marker
Indian village (the inhabitants fled after a visit from the scouts the previous day).
(Submitted on February 11, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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