San Gabriel in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
1776 Overland Immigration Expedition
In January of 1776, San Gabriel Mission was host to trailblazer Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza and over 200 colonists and soldiers, enroute from Sonora, Mexico, to become the first residents of San Francisco. This was the first overland immigration into Upper Alta California. Father Font, Diarist, said of San Gabriel, "On our arrival, they killed 4 sheep, whose meat was good. I do not remember having eaten mutton more fat and tender, also chicken. All of us loved San Gariel Mission, its fat cows that give rich milk from which cheese and butter was made." As Father Paterna says, "It is like the Promised Land."
Erected by Claretian Missionary Fathers 1908 to present.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 5.816′ N, 118° 6.397′ W. Marker is in San Gabriel, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on south Mission Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 428 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel CA 91776, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Gabriel Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); a different San Gabriel Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Mission San Gabriel Archangel / El Camino Real Door (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Spanish Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Chapman’s Millrace (within shouting distance of this marker); Early California (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ramona Museum of California History (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Gabriel.
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