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Near Santa Nella in Merced County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Pacheco Pass

 
 
Pacheco Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 30, 2010
1. Pacheco Pass Marker
Inscription. On June 18, 1805, Lieutenant Gabriel Moraga, on his first exploratory journey into the San Joaquin Valley traversed this pass and recorded it.

Since then it has been trail, toll road, stagecoach road, and freeway -- the principal route between the coastal areas to the west and the great valley and mountains to the east.

Calfornia Registered Historical Landmark No. 829

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Merced County Historical Advisory Committee and the Native Daughters of the Golden West, June 18, 1969.
 
Erected 1969 by California State Department of Parks and Recreation, Merced County Historical Advisory Committee, Native Daughters of the Golden West. (Marker Number 829.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 37° 4.825′ N, 121° 5.892′ W. Marker is near Santa Nella, California, in Merced County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 152 6 miles west of Interstate 5. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gustine CA 95322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Marine Division – FMF
Pacheco Pass Marker - Wide View with San Luis Reservoir image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 30, 2010
2. Pacheco Pass Marker - Wide View with San Luis Reservoir
(approx. 2.6 miles away); San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery (approx. 2.6 miles away); United States Submariners Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); 1843 - Rancho de San Luis Gonzaga - 1931 (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Old Adobe of Rancho San Luis Gonzaga (approx. 6.9 miles away); Men of Gustine War Memorial (approx. 13.3 miles away); Enterprise School (approx. 13.3 miles away); Gustine Museum (approx. 13.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. To find the marker, take the signed road off of Highway 152 to the Romero Visitor Center, which is situated on a promontory overlooking San Luis Reservoir. The marker is mounted on a low cement monument on west side of the Visitor Center.
 
Also see . . .  San Luis Reservoir SRA. California State Park's description of the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area includes a brief history of the Pacheco Pass, "Pacheco pass was named for Don Juan Pacheco, who settled here in the 1840s. The pass was used by Native Americans, Spanish soldiers and missionaries, Mexican ranchers, and
Pacheco Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 26, 2013
3. Pacheco Pass Marker
An updated photo of the marker in context during drought, 2013. Notice low reservoir water levels in background.
gold miners, as well as more recent travelers. In 1856, Andrew Firebaugh improved the pass and made it a toll road, with a toll house two miles west of the summit. He had hardly finished when the Butterfieid-Overland stages began using the road as part of their route from San Francisco to Missouri...." (Submitted on February 7, 2010.) 
 
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Romero Overlook Visitors Facility image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 26, 2013
4. Romero Overlook Visitors Facility
Marker is located behind Romero Overlook Visitors Facilities for the San Luis Dam and Reservoir.
Early Inhabitants of Pacheco Pass image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 26, 2013
5. Early Inhabitants of Pacheco Pass
A plaque inside the visitor center provides information about the early inhabitants of Pacheco Pass. Photo is high resolution. Click to read.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,301 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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