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Near Ocotillo in Imperial County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

De Anza Overlook

 
 
De Anza Overlook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris Bell, March 22, 2008
1. De Anza Overlook Marker
Inscription. Juan Bautista De Anza led two groups of Spanish explorers and settlers across this portion of the Colorado Desert from Northern Mexico to San Francisco Bay. During each tortuous passage, the Spanish camped below here in Yuha Wash. The passage in 1774, which explored and pioneered the first overland route into upper California, consisted of only a small group of soldiers and two missionaries, Father Garces and Diaz.

A second trip in 1775 brought settlers to the coast of California. Spain felt that its tenuous hold on the New World was threatened by Russian settle,nets to the North. The Spanish missions were struggling to survive and needed a reliable supply route to ensure military, political and religious success.

This expedition contained 240 people, including Captain De Anza, 38 soldiers, 15 muleteers, 136 colonists, several Indian guides, and Father Pedro Font, as chronicler. There were over 800 head of livestock, which included pack mules, horses, and cattle. The settlers became founders of what would become San Francisco.

The route discovered by De Anza was abandoned in the 1780s because of Quechan Indian hostilities. Portions of the route were used during the 1800s as part of the Gila and Overland Trails. Finally, it was also used by gold seekers and several stage lines.
 
Erected
De Anza Overlook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris Bell, March 22, 2008
2. De Anza Overlook Marker
1990 by Bureau of Land Management in cooperation with the Imperial County Pioneers Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 32° 41.726′ N, 115° 54.116′ W. Marker is near Ocotillo, California, in Imperial County. Marker is on Anza Trail Road. Touch for map. Marker is accessible by high-clearance vehicles only. Anza Trail Road can be reached by the Yuba Cutoff (State Route 98) 11 miles east of the Town of Ocotillo. Marker is in this post office area: Ocotillo CA 92259, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Yuha Well (approx. 2 miles away); Jay C. von Werlhof (approx. 6.2 miles away); Mountain Springs Station Site (approx. 11.8 miles away); Desert Tower (approx. 11.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  A KTEH TV Production of the DeAnza Trail on YouTube. In this video one learns the history and purpose of the DeAnza Expedition, the heritage of descendants of expedition members, and current sites along the trail. (Submitted on December 15, 2011.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationHispanic Americans
 
View of the Desert from the De Anza Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Chris Bell, March 22, 2008
3. View of the Desert from the De Anza Overlook
Yuha Basin image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 14, 2010
4. Yuha Basin
View to the northwest from the marker
Yuha Basin image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 14, 2010
5. Yuha Basin
View to the north from the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 653 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on December 18, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 10, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4, 5. submitted on January 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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