Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 821
Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce and the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society.
Erected 1968 by California State Department of Parks and Recreation. (Marker Number 821.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Gaspar de Portolá Expedition marker series.
Location. 35° 22.232′ N, 120° 51.899′ W. Marker is in Morro Bay, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker is on Coleman Drive 0.3 miles west of Embarcadero, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morro Bay CA 93442, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Landing of Filipinos in the Continental United States Cayucos by the Sea (approx. 5.9 miles away); Home of Capt. James Cass (approx. 6 miles away); Mustang Memorial Plaza (approx. 12.4 miles away); The Old Powerhouse (approx. 12.4 miles away); Chong's Candy Store (approx. 12.9 miles away); Site of Ah Louis Store (approx. 12.9 miles away); “Love” and “Double Joy” (approx. 12.9 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a stone monument in the parking lot at the foot of Morro Rock, immediately to the left as one enters the lot. The general location is eary to find as the Rock is visible for miles around.
Regarding Morro Rock.
• In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the Portugese explorer, sighted and named Morro Rock.
• In 1769, Gaspar de Portola, Father Juan Crespi, and some sixty other men and one hundred mules marched north on an overland expedition from San Diego, to find Monterey Bay, camping at one point near Morro Rock.
• The Rock was quarried periodically from 1889 to 1963. In 1966 the State of California obtained
Also see . . .
1. Morro Rock State Reserve. A description of the Morro Rock State Reserve. (Submitted on November 25, 2009.)
2. Morro Rock. Morro Rock was an island up to the 1930s. This site provides discussion and numerous historical photographs of how the area surrounding Morro Rock has changed over time. (Submitted on November 25, 2009.)
Categories. • Exploration • Landmarks • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,205 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 24, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 2, 3. submitted on November 25, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 4. submitted on December 3, 2009. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.