San Gabriel in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
1776 Overland Immigration Expedition
In January of 1776, San Gabriel Mission was host to trailblazer Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza and over 200 colonists and soldiers, enroute from Sonora, Mexico, to become the first residents of San Francisco. This was the first overland immigration into Upper Alta California. Father Font, Diarist, said of San Gabriel, "On our arrival, they killed 4 sheep, whose meat was good. I do not remember having eaten mutton more fat and tender, also chicken. All of us loved San Gariel Mission, its fat cows that give rich milk from which cheese and butter was made." As Father Paterna says, "It is like the Promised Land."
Erected by Claretian Missionary Fathers 1908 to present.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1776.
Location. 34° 5.816′ N, 118° 6.397′ W. Marker is in San Gabriel, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 428 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel CA 91776, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Gabriel Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named San Gabriel Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Mission San Gabriel Archangel / El Camino Real Door (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Spanish Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Chapman’s Millrace (within shouting distance of this marker); Chapman’s Mill and Millrace (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early California (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Gabriel.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 4, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.