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Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Junipero Oak

 
 
Junipero Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2013
1. Junipero Oak Marker
Inscription.  
At Monterey, June 3rd
1770
the ceremony of taking possession
of California for Spain was enacted by
Father Junipero Serra
under the shade
of this tree.

 
Erected 1903 by R.M. Mestres (&) H.A. Greene.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNotable Events. A significant historical year for this entry is 1770.
 
Location. 36° 35.719′ N, 121° 53.432′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Church Streeet east of Figueroa Street, on the right when traveling east. This marker is located behind the Royal Presidio Chapel. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 Church Street, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. De Anza Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); Royal Presidio Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); American Revolutionary War Historical Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Carlos Parish Veterans Memorial
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(about 300 feet away); Spanish Presidio (about 300 feet away); Orientations At The Marsh Building (about 400 feet away); Juan Bautista de Anza (about 400 feet away); Casa Buelna (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
Also see . . .  Early Monterey History. In 1770, an expedition by land and sea brought Gaspar de Portol and Franciscan Father Junipero Serra to Monterey. There they established the Mission and Presidio (military post) of San Carlos de Borromeo de Monterey, and the City of Monterey. Under the same oak tree where Viscaino's crew members had prayed, Father Serra said mass for his brave group. (Submitted on February 11, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Junipero Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2013
2. Junipero Oak Marker
A small plaque to the right reads: "Serra Oak, located in Heritage Center."
The Junipero Oak image. Click for full size.
USC Digital Library, circa 1905
3. The Junipero Oak
This early photo of the Serra Tree clearly shows the marker at its original location.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 642 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 11, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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