America's National Historic Trails by Kathleen A. Cordes

By Kathleen A. Cordes

Cordes presents a bright heritage of every path, a list of sights (with accompanying maps), worthy traveling info, and eighty full-color pictures taking pictures the essence and various background of America's 12 nationwide historical trails.

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Page 20 the mission San Francisco de Asís, the name Mission Dolores is still commonly used.  Despite an enthusiastic report sent from Anza to Rivera at San Diego, the colonists would not be given permission to leave Monterey for another two months.  The mission was founded in 1787 and was moved east of Lompoc after it was destroyed in an earthquake in 1812.  Under the command of Lieutenant Moraga, they reached the site of Mission Dolores and began the tasks of building the mission, the presidio, and their new homes.

Nearby: Campsites were located in Aqua Caliente and Mohawk. Wellton, further west, was also a campsite, and a prominent geologic feature beside the Gila River contains prehistoric petroglyphs and groundstone quarry sites.  The site is jointly managed by BLM and Bureau of Reclamation.  The Yuma (Quechan) chief, Palma, helped him on both expeditions.  There is an overlook at the state park in Yuma.  To the west in California, about seven miles northwest of Mount Signal and four miles above the boundary with Mexico, the Wells of Santa Rosa (Yuha Well), on the south side of what is now Dunway Road, provided the expedition its first good water.

The commanders wore their hair in a long ponytail and were allowed to use hairnets known as reducillas.  The soldier to the left is wearing a field uniform; on the right is a soldier in encampment.  They were carried on the left arm, which was thrust through two leather loops sewed on the back of the shield.  The main weapon of the presidio soldier was the lance, which was about nine feet in length.  When on foot, they could thrust their pistols into their belts. The 1975­76 reenactment that did so much to promote the trail made every effort to employ the true Anza uniform, which appears on the trail marker.

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