#0617 Fort Benson


#0617 Fort Benson

Site information:

601 Hunts Lane, Colton

34.061435, -117.287729

Plaque information:

Private plaque

Plaque text:

On this spot fort was erected, 1856, during contest over valley lands. Here stood ancient indian village, Jumuba. Headquarters first mission stock farm in valley. Here, 1821, occurred first Christian baptism credited to San Bernardino. Here, 1827, camped Jedediah Strong Smith, first American to enter California overland.

Placed by Lugonia Parlor, 241, N.D.G.W. Arrowhead Parlor, 110, N.S.G.W. 1935

OHP description:

This is the site of an adobe fortification erected about 1856-57 by the 'Independent' faction in a dispute with the Mormons over a land title. The fort was maintained for about a year. This also is the site of the Indian village of Jumuba, and Jedediah Smith camped here in January 1827.

Registered 9/11/1957