#617:  Fort Benson

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601 Hunts Lane, Colton





Private Plaque



From the Guidebook:

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.

From the plaque:

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

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