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

Gaviota Pass

Fremont-Foxen Memorial

 
 
Gaviota Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 18, 2003
1. Gaviota Pass Marker
Inscription.  Here on Christmas Day, 1846 natives and soldiers from the Presidio of Santa Barbara lay in ambush for Lt. Col. John C. Fremont, U.S.A. and his battalion. Advised of the plot, Fremont was guided over the San Marcos Pass by Benjamin Foxen and his son William, and captured Santa Barbara without bloodshed.
 
Erected 1937 by Santa Barbara Parlor No. 116 Native Sons of the Golden West and Lions Club of Santa Maria. (Marker Number 248.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationMilitaryNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list.
 
Location. 34° 29.12′ N, 120° 13.712′ W. Marker is in Goleta, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker is on State Highway 101, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in the northbound rest stop at Gaviota State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goleta CA 93117, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Past and Future Las Cruces Adobe
Gaviota Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 18, 2003
2. Gaviota Pass Marker
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Las Cruces • The Crosses (approx. 1.6 miles away); Arroyo Hondo Fish Passage & Upstream Habitat Restoration (approx. 5.1 miles away); Bit O' Denmark (approx. 9.2 miles away); Mission Santa Inéz (approx. 9.2 miles away); Los Olivos 1887 (approx. 14 miles away); Rancho De Los Olivos Farmhouse (approx. 14 miles away); La Purisima Mission (approx. 15.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The Gaviota Pass. A youtube video of a drive through Caviota Pass on US 101. Hold on to your seat! (Submitted on December 18, 2011.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Marker may contain events that never occurred.
A nearly 10 year old Lompoc Record article, Some call story behind historical marker a myth relates how a historian and historical books note that the events described on the marker may have never happened.
    — Submitted July 16, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
Gaviota Pass image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 18, 2003
3. Gaviota Pass
Gaviota Pass image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 18, 2003
4. Gaviota Pass
Gaviota Rest Area image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 18, 2003
5. Gaviota Rest Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2011. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on November 12, 2020, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 16, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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