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Soledad in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The De Anza Expedition in Soledad

 
 
The De Anza Expedition in Soledad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 16, 2010
1. The De Anza Expedition in Soledad Marker
Inscription. Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza by Decree of Carlo III of Spain led an expedition near this site — the mission being to colonize the San Francisco Bay Area

In the center of the marker is a circular motif, designed by Doris Birkland Beezley, of a rider superimposed upon a sun-like set of compass points, with the "De Anza Expedition 1775 1776" written above the rider.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 36° 24.295′ N, 121° 21.325′ W. Marker is in Soledad, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Fort Romie Road east of Mission Road. Touch for map. The marker is located in the quadrangle out behind the West Wing of Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Mission Soledad). Marker is at or near this postal address: 36641 Fort Romie Road, Soledad CA 93960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Padre Florencio Ibanez (a few steps from this marker); Jose Joaquin de Arrillaga (a few steps from this marker); Site of Original Church (within shouting distance of this marker); El Camino Real Bell
The De Anza Expedition in Soledad Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 16, 2010
2. The De Anza Expedition in Soledad Marker - Wide View
(within shouting distance of this marker); Mission Nuestra Señora Dolorosísima de la Soledad (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Railroad Station Site (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cesar Chavez Park (approx. 2.1 miles away); One Voice Murals Project (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soledad.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a low stone monument. Although the marker is undated, it was likely installed in or around 1976, as were other markers of identical design and wording, as part of the De Anza bicentennial.
 
Regarding The De Anza Expedition in Soledad. In March, 1776, the De Anza Expedition passed through this area on the way to Monterey. This was fifteen years prior to the founding of the Mission, however, so although the marker is located at the Mission, the expedition could not have actually stayed there.
 
Also see . . .  De Anza Trail Guide: Monterey County - Mission San Antonio to La Natividad. The National Park Service's Juan Batista de Anza National Historic Trail guide page for Monterey County. (Submitted on February 5, 2010.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 5, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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