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Near Pasadena in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Benjamin Davis Wilson

Don Benito

 
 
Benjamin Davis Wilson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, June 5, 2012
1. Benjamin Davis Wilson Marker
Inscription. To the memory of Benjamin Davis Wilson, Don Benito, 1811 – 1878, pioneer trapper and settler who came to California in 1841, and in 1864 blazed the trail up this mountain which bears his name.
 
Erected by the Alhambra – San Gabriel Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 34° 13.367′ N, 118° 3.751′ W. Marker is near Pasadena, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Mount Wilson Road. Touch for map. Marker is near the summit of Mount Wilson, along the southeastern side of the main parking lot, open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (8:30 am on weekends). Marker is in this post office area: Pasadena CA 91107, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harvard’s Mount Wilson Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michelson Pier on Mount Wilson (approx. ¼ mile away); Adams Pack Station (approx. 3 miles away); Mount Lowe Railway (approx. 3.4 miles away); World’s Largest Blossoming Plant
Wider View of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, June 5, 2012
2. Wider View of Marker
(approx. 3.6 miles away); Mount Wilson Trail (approx. 3.8 miles away); Christmas Tree Lane (approx. 5.1 miles away); Queen Anne Cottage (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pasadena.
 
Regarding Benjamin Davis Wilson. After being explored by Benjamin Davis Wilson, the 5,700-foot mountain became known as Wilson’s Peak and later Mount Wilson. It has been the site of powerful astronomical telescopes since 1889. From 1908 to 1948, its 60-inch and 100-inch reflectors ranked, successively, as the largest telescope in the world.

Since the 1940s Mount Wilson has also carried a vast antenna complex for radio and television transmission to the Los Angeles area.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Mt Wilson Trail marker in Sierra Madre.
 
Also see . . .  Mount Wilson Observatory. History, visiting, tours, etc. (Submitted on September 7, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationScience & MedicineSettlements & Settlers
 
Looking Northeast from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, June 5, 2012
3. Looking Northeast from Marker
Some of the domes of historic Mount Wilson Observatory, including the 150-foot and 60-foot solar towers, are visible through the trees.
Benjamin Davis Wilson image. Click for full size.
circa 1850
4. Benjamin Davis Wilson
In this image from Wikimedia Commons, Wilson is pictured at about age 40. He was the maternal grandfather of Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2012, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 787 times since then and 106 times this year. Last updated on September 7, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 8, 2012, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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