Near Pasadena in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Benjamin Davis Wilson
Benjamin Davis Wilson
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. 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); World’s Largest Blossoming Plant (approx. 3.6 miles away); Christmas Tree Lane (approx. 5.1 miles away); Queen Anne Cottage Santa Anita Depot (approx. 5.8 miles away); Santa Anita During World War II (approx. 5.9 miles away); Seabiscuit (approx. 5.9 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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2012, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 756 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 8, 2012, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.