Thursday, April 02, 2009

California Historical Landmark #27

Portolá Expedition Camp
First Camp after the Discovery of San Francisco Bay

California State Historical Landmark #27

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This landmark is 500 feet west of the intersection of Skyline and Hillcrest Boulevards, Millbrae, California. There are 33 other California State Historical Landmarks in San Mateo County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 37° 35.340 W 122° 24.790.

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On November 4, 1769, the expedition of Captain Gasper de Portola, after crossing Sweeney Ridge, beheld the bay of San Francisco for the first time. That night they camped at a small lagoon, now covered by San Adreas Lake. Finding the bay too large to go around and thinking they had bypassed Monterey Bay, the expedition camped here again on November 12, 1789 on thier return to San Diego.


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