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September 24, 2013 > ÁVayan Subiendo! "Everyone mount up!" and Caravan along the de Anza Trail

ÁVayan Subiendo! "Everyone mount up!" and Caravan along the de Anza Trail

By Steve Taylor and Garrett Martin

As the imperial British and upstart colonists were squaring off in the East for the American Revolution around 1776, Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza led more than 240 men, women, and children on an epic journey on the other side of the continent, right through the Tri-City area to establish a settlement at San Francisco Bay. It took Colonel de Anza and his crew weeks to travel from Fremont to Oakland, but this Saturday, September 28, you can join other residents and history buffs by car as they retrace the northern portion of the Anza Trail in a few fun-filled hours. Follow the whole route or meet up at the stops that interest you most.

The caravan begins at FremontÕs Rancho Higuera Historical Park where attendees will tour the adobe and see the unveiling of new information panels and other site improvements.

Bring a picnic lunch to Alameda Creek and hear an East Bay Regional Park District Naturalist talk about the native landscape encountered by the Anza Expedition.

At De Anza Park in Hayward, a National Park Service Ranger will lead a kidsÕ activity to tell the story of the epic 1775-76 Anza Expedition.

Tour the grounds of the first non-native homestead in present-day Alameda County at Peralta Hacienda in Oakland (admission fee applies for house tours after the program).

The car caravan is a chance to learn critical and almost forgotten local history. Centuries ago, the Spanish sought to settle more of the lands they had claimed in the New World and as a result, pushed north out of present day Mexico into ÒAltaÓ California. Starting in San Diego in 1769, they began establishing the famous missions along the coast to both control their lands and convert natives to Christianity. These outposts were in need of an overland supply route, so in January 1774 Colonel de Anza set off from Tubac in present day Arizona for California, a journey totally over 1,200 miles! After being rebuffed by local government he received permission and assistance from the Crown of Spain. With 20 soldiers and herds of livestock he reached Monterrey in May 1774. Having reached the capital of Alta, California, he returned south.

Due to his initial success, he was sent on a second mission north with both friars and colonists and in 1776 reached San Francisco. De Anza picked the sites for both the Presidio of San Francisco and Mission San Dolores, which later were built by Jose Joaquin Moraga. The trail named in his honor, marks the path he took as he opened up an overland route through California. The path was crucial in the settlement of California along with the establishment of San Francisco and later Los Angeles.

The de Anza Trail event is part of National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. You can join volunteers of all ages for NPLDÕs 20th Anniversary at events all over the East Bay Regional Parks District or uncover the local legacy of Spanish CaliforniaÕs first settler families by car caravan.

The East Bay Regional Park District, Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, and the National Park Service are all partners with Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail for the event. For information, call (510) 544-3183 or (day of) (510) 542-0534.

National Public Lands Day
Caravan along the Anza Trail
Saturday, Sept 28
11:15 a.m.
Rancho Higuera Historical Park
47300 Rancho Higuera Rd., Fremont

12:30 p.m.
Alameda Creek
Niles Staging Area (near Mission Blvd. at Niles Canyon Rd.), Fremont

1:45 p.m.
De Anza Park
Corner of Foothill Blvd. and City Center Dr. (near Chase Bank), Hayward

2:30 p.m.
Peralta Hacienda
2465 34th Ave., Oakland

(510) 544-3183

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