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Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Portolá Sycamore

 
 
Portolá Sycamore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 1, 2017
1. Portolá Sycamore Marker
Inscription.  Oral tradition holds that this tree survives from the naming of "La Carpinteria” - the Carpenter Shop - on August 17, 1769 when the Portolá Expedition observed the Chumash building plank canoes at this site.
 
Erected by City of Carpinteria. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Gaspar de Portolá Expedition, and the Historic Trees series lists.
 
Location. 34° 23.575′ N, 119° 31.036′ W. Marker is in Carpinteria, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker is on Sixth Street 0.1 miles east of Palm Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5361 Sixth Street, Carpinteria CA 93013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carpinteria’s Lima Bean History (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); La Carpinteria (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wardholme Torrey Pine (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named La Carpinteria
Portolá Sycamore Tree image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 1, 2017
2. Portolá Sycamore Tree
(approx. 0.4 miles away); “World’s Safest Beach” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Heath Adobe (approx. 1.1 miles away); To the Loyalty (approx. 5 miles away); The Southern Pacific RR Roundhouse (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carpinteria.
 
Regarding Portolá Sycamore. Unlike most Native American boat builders, who used hollowed-out logs, the Chumash built theirs from planks, sealing the seams with tar from the local seeps.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The naming of Carpinteria.
 
Portolá Sycamore Tree image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 26, 2020
3. Portolá Sycamore Tree
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on August 17, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3. submitted on March 31, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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