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Carpenteria in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Portolá Sycamore

 
 
Portolá Sycamore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 1, 2017
1. Portolá Sycamore Marker
Inscription. Oral tradition holds that this tree survives from the naming of "La Carpinteria” - the Carpenter Shop - on August 17, 1769 when the Portolá Expedition observed the Chumash building plank canoes at this site.
 
Erected by City of Carpenteria. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Gaspar de Portolá Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 34° 23.575′ N, 119° 31.036′ W. Marker is in Carpenteria, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker is on Sixth Street near Palm Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Near the end of 6th Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5361 Sixth Street, Carpinteria CA 93013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Carpinteria (1769) (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named La Carpinteria (1769) (approx. 0.4 miles away); Santa Barbara Veterans' Memorial Building (approx. 10 miles away); Sambo's Birthplace (approx. 10.1 miles away); Burton Mound (approx. 10.1 miles away); Moreton Bay Fig Tree (approx. 10.2 miles away); Hotel Virginia (approx. 10.3 miles away); Trussell-Winchester Adobe (approx. 10.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Portolá Sycamore.
Portolá Sycamore Tree image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 1, 2017
2. Portolá Sycamore Tree
Unlike most Native American boat builders, who used hollowed-out logs, the Chumash built theirs from planks, sealing the seams with tar from the local seeps.
 
Categories. ExplorationNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Last updated on July 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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