Yuma in Yuma County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Crossing Into History
— Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail —
[caption] "[The Quechan] invited all members of the expedition to eat, giving them in abundance... so many watermelons we estimated there must have. been more than 3,000." - Juan Bautista de Anza, November 28, 1775
Along the way the expedition was faced with crossing the mighty Colorado River at present day Yuma, Arizona. Leaders from the Quechan tribe helped the Anza expedition cross the Colorado on their way to California. Using this crossing and the route Anza mapped settlers began flooding into California to establish San José and Los Angeles, and stamp California with the language and customs of their New World Hispanic culture.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics and series. Exploration • Hispanic Americans • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 28, 1775.
Location. 32° 43.666′ N, 114° 36.881′ W. Marker is in Yuma, Arizona, in Yuma County. Marker can be reached from Prison Hill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yuma AZ 85364, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Yuma East Wetlands Today (a few steps from this marker); Yuma East Wetlands (a few steps from this marker); Drinking Water Life in the Desert (within shouting distance of this marker); View of the Prison from Across the River (within shouting distance of this marker); Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Yuma East Wetlands (within shouting distance of this marker); The All-important Colorado River Crossing "Indian Hill" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yuma.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 10, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.