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El Camino Real, “The King's Highway” (California) Historical Markers

The El Camino Real in California was a 600-mile trail connecting the 21 Spanish missions in California (formerly Alta California), along with a number of sub-missions, four presidios, and three pueblos. The trail began at its southern end from the San Diego area (Mission San Diego de Alcalá), heading north to the trail's northern terminus at Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma, just north of San Francisco Bay. Numerous historical markers highlight its history along the route in addition to almost 600 bells mounted on posts (some going back to 1904) which have been placed every one to two miles along the trail route.
 
El Camino Rancho San Antonio Marker - wide view, looking southwest image, Touch for more information
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 1, 2012
El Camino Rancho San Antonio Marker - wide view, looking southwest
1California (Alameda County), Oakland — El Camino Rancho San Antonio
About 1820, along this route ran the earliest known road from Mission San Jose over Rancho San Antonio to the ranchos north.Map (db m54112) HM
2California (Los Angeles County), Agoura Hills — Reyes Adobe Historical Site
Daughters of the American Revolution commemorate the significant role the Reyes Adobe historical site played in the development of California and its history. The property was a stop along the state's famous El Camino Real.Map (db m154344) HM
3California (Los Angeles County), Encino — 689 — De La Osa AdobeLos Encinos State Historical Monument
This dwelling, built in 1849 by Don Vincente de la Osa, was a favored stopping place for the numerous travelers on El Camino Real. It stands on land that is part of the one-square-league Rancho El Encino granted in 1845 by Governor Pio Pico to three . . . Map (db m131161) HM
4California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — El Camino Real
The Franciscans arrived from México in 1769 led by Fr. Junipero Serra who founded California Missions from San Diego to Sonoma. This trail was known as “El Camino Real” (the King’s Highway). The “El Camino Real Bells” were originally placed . . . Map (db m162931) HM
5California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 522 — Tongva SpringsWounded Deer Springs — Serra Springs —
The National Society Sons of the American Colonists California State Society Los Angeles, John Borton Chapter Bicentennial marking 1976 Marked this day March 20 1976, as a California Historical Spanish Colonial Landmark “In 1776 Portola . . . Map (db m122157) HM
6California (Los Angeles County), Mission Hills — 3 — El Camino Real Bell
El Camino Real is Spanish for "The Royal Road” or "The Kings Highway". Originally the El Camino Real was the 700 mile road that connected the 21 California Missions. They stretch from San Diego to Sonoma. Each mission was one day's journey by . . . Map (db m200792) HM
7California (Los Angeles County), Mission Hills — Mission San Fernando Rey de España
1. Historical Museum The museum exhibits a pictorial history of the mission, pottery, santos, trade and commerce items, together with an extensive collection of early mission baskets given by Marie and Mark Harrington. 2. . . . Map (db m114714)
8California (Los Angeles County), North Hollywood — El Camino Real Mission Bell
On July 16, 1769, padre Junipero Serra dedicated the first of 21 missions to be established in Alta California. These missions along what is today known as El Camino Real are located one day's ride apart. Mission bells symbolizing the founding . . . Map (db m155801) HM
9California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — Mission San Gabriel Archangel / El Camino Real Door
Founded September 8, 1771, by Franciscan Friars on Rio Temblores - due to flooding, the expedition moved to this 2nd site in 1774, where the Old Mission of stone and red brick was built with the help of Gabrieleno Indians. The exterior has . . . Map (db m66721) HM
10California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — 158 — San Gabriel Mission
San Gabriel Mission was founded by Fr. Pedro Benito Cambon (statue above right) and Fr. Angel Fernandez de la Somera (statue above left) on Sept. 8, 1771 in nearby Montebello by the Rio Hondo River, and moved to this location in 1775. This . . . Map (db m139099) HM
11California (Monterey County), Soledad — El Camino Real Bell
In 1906 guidepost bells were placed along the El Camino Real to guide early travelers and to preserve this historic route which linked California missions beginning in 1769. www.californiabell.comMap (db m64311) HM
12California (Orange County), Orange — 204 — Old Santa Ana
Portola camped on bank of Santa Ana River in 1769. Jose Antonio Yorba, member of expedition, later returned to Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. El Camino Real crossed river in this vicinity. Place was designated Santa Ana by travelers, and known by . . . Map (db m50302) HM
13California (Orange County), San Juan Capistrano — El Camino Real BellCirca 1916
This El Camino Real bell was gifted by Marianne and Ray Miller. The bell signifies the importance of Mission San Juan Capistrano's place on the El Camino Real. These bells are found throughout the state as a result of an early 20th Century . . . Map (db m188642) HM
14California (Orange County), Santa Ana — El Camino Real"The King's Highway" — 1769 - 1906 —
The California Mission Bell commemorates the route of El Camino Real. This bell sits near the crossroads of the summer and winter route from Mission San Juan Capistrano to Mission San Gabriel Archangel. second marker: Orange County . . . Map (db m188551) HM
15California (Sacramento County), Sacramento — El Camino Real Bell
This commemorative bell celebrates a combined century of service by the California Federation of Women’s Clubs and California State Automobile Association including the establishment of bell markers along the historical El Camino Real.Map (db m14819) HM
16California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — El Camino Real(The Kings Highway)
The above marker shows the direction of the road that connected the 21 Missions. Expeditions left here to go north to Mission Santa Clara or go south to the head-quarters at Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo. This road was used from 1797 to . . . Map (db m15344) HM
17California (San Benito County), San Juan Bautista — El Camino Real Bell
upper marker: Placed here June 24, 1910 by San Juan Bautista Parlor No. 179 Native Daughters of the Golden West. Rededicated 1974. lower marker: El Camino Real Bell, placed here June 24, 1910, by San Juan Bautista . . . Map (db m82204) HM
18California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — El Camino Real Bells
The "El Camino Real Bells" have long been in place since the early part of the last century to mark the original route of "El Camino Real" from San Diego to Sonoma in California. The El Camino Real, (Royal Highway or King's Highway), closely follows . . . Map (db m150315) HM
19California (San Diego County), Agra — 616 — Las Flores Asistencia
From 1823 to the 1840's, the tile-roofed adobe chapel and hostel at Las Flores, built by Father Antonio Peyrí, served as the asistencia to Mission San Luís Rey and provided comfort to travelers on El Camino Real. The adobe structure and adjacent . . . Map (db m81322) HM
20California (San Diego County), Camp Pendleton South — El Camino Real Bell — Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton —
Panel 1: This bell marks a place along the original route of El Camino Real, “The Kings Highway”, which connects the 21 missions from San Diego to Sonoma. Suspended from a pipe resembling a shepherd’s staff, the first bell was erected in . . . Map (db m50664) HM
21California (San Diego County), San Diego — 784 — El Camino Real
This plaque is placed on the 250th anniversary of the birth of California’s Apostle Padre Junipero Serra O.F.M., to mark the Southern terminus of El Camino Real as Padre Serra knew it and helped to blaze it. 1713 – November 24 – 1963 . . . Map (db m11958) HM
22California (San Francisco City and County), San Francisco — 784 — El Camino Real
This plaque is placed on the 250th anniversary of the birth of California’s apostle, Padre Junípero Serra, O.F.M. to mark the northern terminus of El Camino Real as Padre Serra knew it and helped to blaze it. 1713 - November 24 - 1963 . . . Map (db m32169) HM
23California (San Luis Obispo County), Nipomo — 1033 — Rancho NipomoCaptain William G. Dana Rancho
Rancho Nipomo, almost 38,000 acres in size, was granted to Boston sea captain William Goodwin Dana, in 1837. The rancho for many years was the first stopping place on El Camino Real south of Mission San Luis Obispo. From 1839 until Dana's death in . . . Map (db m102642) HM
24California (San Mateo County), Burlingame — 48 — Anza Expedition Camp
The Anza Expedition of 1776, on its way up the Peninsula to locate sites for the Presidio and the Mission of San Francisco, camped here on March 26 at a dry watercourse a short league beyond Arroyo de San Mateo. Location: El Camino Real and Ralston, . . . Map (db m154364) HM
25California (San Mateo County), San Mateo — 393 — Mission Hospice
Here stood the MISSION HOSPICE built around 1800 by the Spanish Padres on El Camino Real to break the journey from Santa Clara and serve the Indians of Mission Dolores.Map (db m18417) HM
26California (Santa Barbara County), Lompoc — 928 — Original Site of Mission de La Purisima Concepcion de Maria Santisima
The ruins at this site are part of the original Mission La Purisima, founded by Padre Fermin de Lasuen on December 8, 1787, as the 11th in the chain of Spanish missions in California. The mission was destroyed by earthquake on December 21, 1812; the . . . Map (db m50517) HM
27California (Santa Clara County), Morgan Hill — [Morgan Hill] Centennial ProjectA History Trail — Dedicated November 10, 2006 —
[The Morgan Hill Centennial Project is a very unusual ‘marker’. It was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Morgan Hill. One starts at the center of the marker and then proceeds along an expanding spiral . . . Map (db m46097) HM
28California (Ventura County), Camarillo — El Camino Real BellCamarillo Ranch
In 1769 the "El Camino Real - The King's Highway” was begun by the Franciscans and lead by Fr. Junipero Serra. Missions were situated in areas where large populations of Indians lived and where soil was fertile enough to sustain a settlement. As . . . Map (db m154365) HM
29California (Ventura County), Ventura — 16 — Chumash Hutash FiestaSan Miguel Chapel
The Chumash Indians used this site to celebrate their Hutash Fiesta, held after the harvest each year towards the end of September. The Hutash Fiesta coincided with the Spanish Missionary's San Miguel Day giving the historic Chapel built on the site . . . Map (db m124617) HM
30California (Ventura County), Ventura — 11 — Santa Gertrudis AsistenciaChapel
Santa Gertrudis Asistencia (chapel) was originally located about 500 feet north. Its location is now covered by the freeway. This chapel served the Indians in the early days. Marked 1970. Replaced 1986.Map (db m143330) HM
31California (Ventura County), Westlake Village — Triunfo CanyonConejo Valley
For thousands of years, the Chumash Indians and their forebears lived in this valley. They have been described as a stone age people, hunters and gatherers, resourceful, friendly, fun-loving, astute traders, fine craftsmen, and expert rock artists. . . . Map (db m128414) HM
 
 
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