Portola Expedition Camp

California State Historic Landmark 27

Plaque exists. No site exists. Landmark location.

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#027 First Camp After Discovery of San Francisco Bay
On November 4, 1769 the expedition of Captain Gaspar 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 Andreas Lake. Finding the bay too large to go around and thinking they had bypassed Monterey Bay, the expedition camped here again on November 12, 1769 on their return to San Diego.

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No site exists.
Nothing remains of this site.


Take Millbrae Ave interchange from N-bound I-280, go N to intersection of Skyline Blvd and Hillcrest blvd; plaque 500 ft W on Hillcrest Blvd, Millbrae.

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