Near Watsonville in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Discovery of California Redwoods
"We broke camp in the morning, and after crossing a river named by the soldiers Rio de Pajaro, we headed in a north wester;y direction... Because of the condition of the sick men in litters we halted again after traveling a little more than a league near a little lagoon where there was ample feed and much wild game... The plains and low hills were forested with very high trees of a red color unknown to us... different than cedar, although the wood resembles cedar in color and is very brittle. Because of the red color they were named palo colorado.
Here on the "little lagoon" now known as Pinto Lake the California Redwood was first discovered by a European.
Erected 1968 by Pajaro Valley Historical Association and Citizens of Watsonville.
Location. 36° 56.926′ N, 121° 45.954′ W. Marker is near Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Pinto Lake Road, Watsonville CA 95076, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Whiskey Hill (approx. 1.1 miles away); James A. Hall (approx. 1.4 miles away); Charley Darkey Parkhurst (approx. 1.6 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 2.3 miles away); St. Patricks Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe (approx. 2.5 miles away but has been reported missing); Watsonville (approx. 2.5 miles away); Men Die O Liberty That Thou Endurs (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Watsonville.
More about this marker. This marker is located at Pinto Lake City Park, not Pinto Lake County Park!
Also see . . . Sequoia sempervirens - Wikipedia. (The) California redwood... is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1,200–1,800 years or more. This species includes the tallest living trees on Earth, reaching up to 379 feet (115.5 m) in height (without the roots) and up to 29.2 feet (8.9 m) in diameter at breast height / dbh. These trees are also among the oldest living things on Earth. (Submitted on July 29, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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