Moraga in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Joseph Joachin Moraga
Grandfather of the co-grantee of Rancho Laguna de los Palos Colorados, he founded San Francisco by establishing there the Mission and Royal Presidio of St. Francis in 1776. In 1777 he founded the Mission Santa Clara and the Pueblo of San Jose.
1776 M.A.R.B.C. 1976
Erected 1976 by M.a.R.B.C.
Location. 37° 50.447′ N, 122° 7.374′ W. Marker is in Moraga, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from St. Marys Road 0.1 miles east of Moraga Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 St Marys Road, Moraga CA 94556, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moraga Barn (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Moraga Townsite (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hacienda de las Flores (approx. 0.8 miles away); Rainbow Trout Species Identified (approx. 3 miles away); Lafayette Town Hall (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lamorinda Vietnam Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Deodar Cedars (approx. 3.4 miles away); Lafayette Grammar School (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moraga.
More about this marker. The marker is on a low retaining wall on the right as one enters the Moraga Library.
Also see . . . José Joaquín Moraga - Wikipedia. José Joaquín Moraga was born on August 22, 1745 at Mission Los Santos Ángeles de Guevavi in the northern frontier region of the Viceroyalty of New Spain (in present-day southern Arizona). Moraga was second in command to Juan Bautista de Anza in the 1776 overland colonizing expedition from northern Mexico to what is now San Francisco, California. When de Anza returned to Mexico in 1777, Moraga was left in charge of efforts to build housing for the colonists and a military headquarters, the Presidio of San Francisco. Moraga founded the Pueblo of San José on orders from Antonio María de Bucareli y Ursúa, Spanish Viceroy of New Spain. The pueblo was founded in honor of Saint Joseph on November 29, 1777 as the first official civilian settlement in Alta California. Moraga died in San Francisco in 1785 and was buried at Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores) cemetery in 1791....The town of Moraga, California is named after Joaquín Moraga, grandson of José Joaquín Moraga and the grantee of Rancho Laguna de los Palos Colorados. (Submitted on December 24, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 24, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.