Site information:Located in park, SE corner of junction of Hwys 9 and 85, Saratoga
Plaque information:State plaque
(Formerly Toll Gate, McCartysville, Bank Mills)
Anza exploring party passed through the Saratoga area March 25, 1776. Lumbering in the mountains, which began 1847 and continued many years, brought the first settlers 1850. Among other industries established were lime quarry 1850s, grist mill 1854, tannery 1863, paper mill 1868, and pasteboard mill 1870. Pacific Congress Springs, popular resort, 1866–1942. Pioneered in fruit industry. Blossom Festivals began in 1900.
Tablet placed by California Centennials Commission, Arch erected by Saratoga citizens. Dedicated March 25, 1950