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Near San Bernardino in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Garces-Smith Monument

The Mojave Indian Trail

 
 
Garces-Smith Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, December 24, 2018
1. Garces-Smith Monument
Inscription. Traveled by Fr. Francisco Garcés, March, 1776, and Jedediah S. Smith, November, 1826.
 
Erected 1931 by San Bernardino County Historical Society. (Marker Number 618.)
 
Location. 34° 14.734′ N, 117° 21.206′ W. Marker is near San Bernardino, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker can be reached from Route 2N49, 7.2 miles north of Interstate 215. Touch for map. Located six miles up a narrow, rough dirt road that begins at the end of Palm Ave. Marker is in this post office area: San Bernardino CA 92407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mormon Lumber Road (approx. 3½ miles away); Sycamore Grove (approx. 3.9 miles away); Pioneer Women (approx. 4.6 miles away); Las Flores Ranch Barn (approx. 4.8 miles away); Las Flores Ranch / Mojave Trail (approx. 4.9 miles away); Blue Cut (approx. 6.2 miles away); Donald S. Wieman (approx. 6.7 miles away); The Arrowhead Landmark (approx. 6.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker.
A vehicle with high ground clearance is needed to drive this road. Contact a local Ranger Station for current road conditions, and ask if the road is open.

After driving (or
Garces-Smith Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, December 24, 2018
2. Garces-Smith Monument
hiking) five miles up the dirt road, look for an intersection with another road going east. Park near the intersection and walk up the small hill to the marker.
 
Regarding Garces-Smith Monument.
This is California Historical Landmark No. 618.

California Historical Landmark Statement of Significance:
This monument marks an old Indian trail, the Mojave Trail, used by Father Garcés in March 1776 on his trip from Needles to San Gabriel. The same trail was used by Jedediah Smith in 1826 on his first trip through San Bernardino Valley.
 
Categories. ExplorationHispanic Americans
 
Trail to the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, December 24, 2018
3. Trail to the Monument
Elevation 5,291 Feet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, December 24, 2018
4. Elevation 5,291 Feet
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 24, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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