San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
La Playa Trail
Jedediah Strong Smith
Here completed the first trail from
The Atlantic to the Pacific, Jan. 1827
Erected 1945 by San Diego Chapter – D.A.R.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1827.
Location. 32° 45.57′ N, 117° 11.772′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of Presidio Drive and Taylor Street, on the left when traveling south on Presidio Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Diego CA 92103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Derby Dike (here, next to this marker); Serra Palm (here, next to this marker); Fray Junipero Serra (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sylvester Pattie (about 500 feet away); San Diego Presidio Site (about 600 feet away); George White Marston Junipero Serra Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Women of the Mormon Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
Also see . . .
1. Jedediah Smith. "I wanted to be the first to view a country on which the eyes of a white man had never gazed and to follow the course of rivers that run through a new land." (Submitted on December 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
2. Discovering The Lost Legacy of Jedediah Smith. His journeys through the west covered more miles than Lewis & Clark, without any monetary support from the government, over an eight- year period. So why isn’t Jed Smith as famous as Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, or Lewis and Clark? The main reason for Smith’s relative obscurity is that his story remained hidden for so many years before it was romanticized after his tragic demise. Facts about his life and travels were slow to surface. It wasn’t until a hundred years after his death that a truly scholarly biography was written about Smith by Maurice L. Sullivan, in 1931. (Submitted on December 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,206 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.