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

Portola-Crespi Monument

 
 
Portola-Crespi Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2013
1. Portola-Crespi Monument Marker
Inscription. In the winter of 1769, the Spanish expedition in search of Monterey Bay, under the command of Don Gaspar de Portola and Father Juan Crespi, erected a cross on or near this site and left the following message: “The land expedition is returning to San Diego for lack of provisions today, December 9, 1769.”

This monument was dedicated December 9, 1969, by the
Citizens of Monterey in honor of our 200th birthday.
 
Erected 1969 by Citzens of Monterey.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Juan Caspar de Portolá Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 36° 36.581′ N, 121° 51.618′ W. Marker is in Seaside, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Sand Dunes Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Seaside CA 93955, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Depots (approx. one mile away); French Consulate (approx. 1.7 miles away); Monterey and Salinas Valley Railroad (approx. 1.8 miles away); Monterey's Historic Railway -- from Passengers to Industry
Portola-Crespi Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2013
2. Portola-Crespi Monument Marker
The base of the vandalized cross is beyond the marker.
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Local Railway Led the Way to America's Salad Bowl. (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Calamari Story (approx. 1.8 miles away); Monterey Harbor (approx. 1.9 miles away); Monterey's Commercial Fishing Fleet (approx. 1.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. To find this marker, take the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail from the Houghton M. Roberts Beach parking lot (located at the south end of Sand Dunes Drive). The marker is located next to the base of the cross, overlooking the beach.
 
Regarding Portola-Crespi Monument. The cross was cut down by vandals on September 19, 2009.
 
Also see . . .
1. Portolá-Crespi Cross Monument. Photograph of the cross before it was cut down by vandals. (Submitted on September 28, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Portola’s real landing place – Pacific Grove -- Monterey County Weekly. The latest problem with reinstalling the 1969 Portola-Crespi Cross on Del Monte Beach is not a problem of separating church from state, but rather a problem of separating fact from fiction. There is compelling historical evidence that the city of Monterey is likely fighting the wrong battle, in the wrong place. (Submitted on September 28, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 28, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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