#248:  Gaviota Pass

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N-bound State Hwy 101 rest stop (P.M. 46.9), 1.5 mi NW of Gaviota





Private Plaque



From the plaque:

Here on Christmas Day, 1846 natives and soldiers from the Presidio of Santa Barbara lay in ambush for Lt. Col. John C. Fremont, U.S.A. and his battalion. Advised of the plot, Fremont was guided over the San Marcos Pass by Benjamin Foxen and his son William, and captured Santa Barbara without bloodshed.

Erected jointly by Santa Barbara Parlor No. 116 Native Sons of the Golden West and Lions Club of Santa Maria

©2009 David Schmitt