Sunnyvale in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776
Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza by decree of Carlos III of Spain led an expedition to this site – The mission being to colonize the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the center of the marker is a circular motif, designed by Doris Birkland Beezley, of a rider superimposed upon a sun-like set of compass points, with the "De Anza Expedition 1775 1776" written above the rider.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1775.
Location. 37° 22.926′ N, 122° 1.58′ W. Marker is in Sunnyvale, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from North Sunnyvale Avenue east of East California Avenue. Marker is located at the Martin Murphy Jr. Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sunnyvale CA 94086, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home of Martin Murphy, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Hendy Stamp Mill / Hendy's "California" Stamp Mill (about F.E. Cornell’s Country Store (approx. 0.4 miles away); Del Monte Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hendy Ironworks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joshua Hendy Iron Works (approx. 0.4 miles away); City Hall Bell & City Hall Cornerstone (approx. 1.8 miles away); Prune Steamer Pot / Hendy Manhole Cover (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sunnyvale.
Also see . . .
1. A KTEH TV Production of the DeAnza Trail on YouTube. In this video one learns the history and purpose of the DeAnza Expedition, the heritage of descendants of expedition members, and current sites along the trail. (Submitted on May 2, 2010.)
2. Juan Bautista de Anza - Blazed the Anza Trail. Juan Bautista de Anza was the first European to establish an overland route from Mexico, through the Sonoran Desert, to the Pacific coast of California. New World Spanish explorers had been seeking such a route through the Desert Southwest for more than two centuries. (Submitted on May 2, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 913 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 2, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.