#27:  Portola Expedition Camp

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At the end of Hillcrest Blvd, just west of the 280, Millbrae





Private Plaque



From the Guidebook:

The Portolá Expedition of 1769 camped near a lagoon now covered by San Andreas Lake on November 4. They camped here a second time on November 12, on their return trip.

From the plaque:

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.

First mad a state registered historical landmark no. 27, June 15 1932, this site was rededicated as a U.S.A. bicentennial project of San Andreas Lake Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and the City of Millbrae, California on November 6, 1976.

Location granted by the State of California. Monument base of serpentine rock, official state rock of California. Furnished by The San Francisco Water Department.

2009 David Schmitt