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La Cienega, Mud Springs, Birthplace of San Dimas

 
 
La Cienega Mud Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman
1. La Cienega Mud Springs Marker
Inscription.  
La Cienega — Mud Springs.
Los Angeles - San Bernardino - Sonora Road stage station and campground, a place favored by the Indians. Near here in 1774 and 1776 Juan Bautisa de Anza — trailblazer, colonizer — and his followers passed on their way from Sonora, Mexico to Monterey, California. And on November 12, 1826 Jedediah Strong Smith — trader, trapper, pathfinder — one of the most heroic pioneers of the nation, and the first American to make his way overland to California, camped with his fearless band of trappers near this spot on his way to Mission San Gabriel.

Erected by the Pomona Valley Historical Society and the Service Organizations of San Dimas. Dedicated in 1939.
 
Erected 1995 by San Dimas Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 34° 6.192′ N, 117° 47.91′ W.
Birthplace of San Dimas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman
2. Birthplace of San Dimas Marker
La Cienega Mud Springs, birthplace of San Dimas.
Marker was in San Dimas, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker was on Arrow Highway west of San Dimas Canyon Road, on the right when traveling west. It is between the highway and the railroad tracks. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 503 East Arrow Highway, San Dimas CA 91773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. San Dimas Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Santa Fe Depot (approx. 0.7 miles away); Birthplace of San Dimas (approx. 0.7 miles away); La Casa de Carrion (approx. mile away); Lordsburg Townsite (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Haugh Residence (approx. 1.8 miles away); Pomona Assembly Center (approx. 2.4 miles away); La Casa Primera (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Dimas.
 
More about this marker. In 2019 the San Dimas Historical Society installed a new marker, with updated information, at nearby Rhoads Park.
 
Regarding La Cienega, Mud Springs, Birthplace of San Dimas. The town of San Dimas was originally called Mud Springs.
 
Also see . . .  San Dimas Community History. (Submitted on April 12, 2006.)
 
Additional comments.
1.
Drove by this last Saturday & it looks like the plaque has been pried off of the marker's base. Been there since 1939 & now some illiterate twit with a crowbar has probably had it melted down for a few bucks. So sad.
Jim Guess
mailto:blackcross6666@yahoo.com
At the Base of the Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman
3. At the Base of the Birthplace Marker
Completed by the Garden Section of the San Dimas Woman's Club Feb. 1954.
    — Submitted January 25, 2015.

2.
Work began in 2018 to create a replacement marker and install it in Rhoads Park.
    — Submitted December 28, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

 
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From Across the Highway image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman
4. From Across the Highway
Marker Removed image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, December 27, 2018
5. Marker Removed
The markers have been removed from this location, and they will be installed at nearby Rhoads Park.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. This page has been viewed 3,782 times since then and 123 times this year. Last updated on August 4, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 11, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California.   5. submitted on December 27, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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