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La Playa Trail

Jedediah Strong Smith

 
 
La Playa Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 18, 2006
1. La Playa Trail Marker
Inscription.  
Pathfinder of the Sierras
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: ExplorationRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
 
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
La Playa Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 18, 2006
2. La Playa Trail Marker
Derby Dike marker is in the background
(approx. 0.2 miles away); 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. The La Playa Trail. This site describes the history of the La Playa Trail Markers in the San Diego area. (Submitted on December 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. 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 El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. 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
Close-up of Artwork on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 18, 2006
3. Close-up of Artwork on Marker
about Smith by Maurice L. Sullivan, in 1931. (Submitted on December 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. La Playa Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,190 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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