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Jedediah Strong Smith

Pathfinder of the Sierras

 
 
Jedediah Strong Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 20, 2017
1. Jedediah Strong Smith Marker
Inscription. First American to discover a route overland from the east to California.
Explorer - Fur Trader - Missionary
This boulder was brought from El Cajon Pass through which the pathfinder came in 1826. Placed here A.D. 1924 by Ramona Parlor 109, Native Sons of the Golden West. In memory of Ida Heimann Hellman.
 
Erected 1924 by Native Sons of the Golden West, Ramona Parlor #109.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 34° 3.791′ N, 118° 21.936′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of McCarthy Vista and Wilshire Boulevard, on the left when traveling west on McCarthy Vista. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90048, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carthay Circle (here, next to this marker); Daniel O. McCarthy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Juan Bautista De Anza (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Snowshoe" Thompson (approx. mile away); Chester Stock, Ph.D. - Observation Pit
Jedediah Strong Smith Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 20, 2017
2. Jedediah Strong Smith Monument
(approx. half a mile away); Hancock Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Helms Building (approx. 2.5 miles away); Site of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
More about this marker. The boulder with this marker is at the far end of McCarthy Vista from the Daniel McCarthy (Dan the Miner) monument at McCarthy Vista and San Vicente Blvd, about two blocks. It is in the center median "park", separated from the other Carthay Center monuments and somewhat forlorn looking.
 
Categories. ExplorationPatriots & Patriotism
 
Jedediah Strong Smith Monument in 1927 image. Click for full size.
3. Jedediah Strong Smith Monument in 1927
Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.
Drill Holes image. Click for full size.
By James King, April 20, 2017
4. Drill Holes
These holes drilled in the top of the boulder appear in a photo from 1927. There is no indication that anything else was mounted on the rock but the holes have been there from the beginning.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 30, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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