Anza Trail Blog

Anza Days 2014 is Coming! Highlights Include New Exhibits at La Canoa

by by Joy Mehulka, Geographic & Multimedia Division Manager for Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation

Tagged as:   Arizona , Historic Sites , Pima County , Pinal County , Santa Cruz County , Volunteers , living history

Anza Day at La Canoa

The Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park, or Canoa Ranch as it is commonly known, is the newest addition to the month of Anza Days commemorations in the Santa Cruz River Heritage Area. Our 2nd annual Anza Day takes place Sunday, October 26, at the Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, the former headquarters for the ranch. During Anza Day, Pima County will unveil a new permanent exhibit at the Historic Hacienda focusing on the families of the Anza Expedition, made possible by the support of the National… Read more »

SF’s Most Historic Building: Presidio of San Francisco Opens a Reimagined Officer’s Club

by Hale Sargent of the Anza Trail, adapted from a publication by the Presidio Trust

Tagged as:   California , Historic Sites , San Francisco County , Volunteers , history

Presidio Officers' Club Flag Procession

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An Appreciation: Luis Lopez

by Kathleen Rabago, Soldados y Californios de SoCal

Tagged as:   Los Angeles County , Volunteers

Lou Lopez with Kathleen Rabago

Luis Lopez, one of our members, who portrayed Anza at San Gabriel Mission events, passed away in June. The re-enacting community was devastated. Lou was formerly in charge of W.E.S.T., Western Educators, Shooter's and Troopers. In addition to Juan Bautista de Anza, Lou portayed: Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado (my idea); Manual Dominguez at the Dominguez Rancho; and Juan Matias Sanchez at the Sanchez Adobe in Montebello, were I live. Lou had helped organize Old Fort MacArthur Days since 2000, building it into the biggest, continuous, living history event in… Read more »

Hike the Anza Trail through Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve

by Daniel Sanchez, Anza Trail Park Guide

Tagged as:   Alameda County , Contra Costa County , Recreation Trail , hiking

Manzanita in Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve

This easy, 1.7-mile loop trail takes you on a beautiful segment of Anza Trail through the Oakland Hills. This segment of Anza Trail is administered by the East Bay Regional Park District. Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve spans Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. About this Trail I’m all ways eager to scout out a trail that is friendly for groups of new hikers. I found that the Anza Trail, passing through Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, provides hikers a short loop with stunning views and amazing plant communities. This loop… Read more »

Momentous Encounters in the Life of Juan Bautista de Anza: Calling All Scriptwriters!

by Julianne Burton-Carvajal, Ph.D.

Tagged as:   history

Juan Bautista de Anza

Encuentros Claves en la Vida de Anza: Se Solicita GuionistasConceived, prepared and revised by Julianne Burton-Carvajal, Ph.D. Adapted from a joint presentation with Rita Vega-Acevedo for the Anza Society, Banámichi, Sonora, Mexico, March 2014. In order to retain a place in public awareness, even the giants of history must capture the attention of each succeeding generation. In the 21st century, public attention is most effectively enlisted by audio-visual means: movies, television, video, digital animation, streaming websites and social media. As historians who admire the achievements of Juan Bautista… Read more »

Anza Trail Welcomes New Outdoor Recreation Planner BriAnna Weldon

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   Recreation Trail , equestrian , hiking

BriAnna Weldon, New Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Anza Trail

In September 2014, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail welcomes BriAnna Weldon to its San Francisco administrative staff as Outdoor Recreation Planner. BriAnna will work to support the Anza Trail's partners in building, protecting, and maintaining the trail, particularly its segments of recreation trail. Meet Bri: Q:  Welcome BriAnna! Tell us about yourself.   A: I grew up in Paramount, near Long Beach, and I went to UC Berkeley. I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Landscape Architecture and got my Master's in Landscape Architecture from… Read more »

Experiencing Los Angeles and the Walk of the Pobladores

by Anthony Bevilacqua, Park Ranger, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Tagged as:   California , Historic Sites , Los Angeles County

The Walk of the Pobladores, Aug. 30, 2014

As a park ranger I’ve really become an enthusiast for long walks, and I mean all sorts of long treks, from hiking to the top of high mountain peaks, to leisurely strolls among the giant Sequoias, and quiet ramblings on creek side trails. These are all types of walks most people think of when walking in a national park, and as I said I like them all, but more recently I have come to enjoy exploring the historic areas of Downtown Los Angeles by foot—on my own time… Read more »

Become a Trails & Rails Docent; Santa Barbara Information Session Oct. 8

Tagged as:   Santa Barbara County , Volunteers

Trails & Rails Docent Donnis Galvan

Become a volunteer Trails & Rails guide aboard Amtrak trains for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.The South Coast Railroad Museum of Goleta, Calif., is hosting an information session on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., for those interested in this unique and adventurous volunteer opportunity. Candidates must be Santa Barbara or Ventura County residents. Trails & Rails is a nationwide educational program aboard Amtrak trains developed by the National Park Service. There is a West Coast version based in Santa Barbara, offered by… Read more »

Anza Trail Foundation Meets Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

by Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud, Anza Trail Foundation Board Member

Tagged as:   Anza Trail Foundation , Arizona

Secretary Jewell Meets the Anza Trail Foundation

On Saturday, August 9th at South Mt. Park in Phoenix, members of three active Arizona national trail organizations (Anza Trail Foundation, Arizona Trail Association, Old Spanish Trail Association) were pleased to meet the head of the Department of the Interior, the personable Secretary Sally Jewell.  The purpose of Jewell’s week-long  travel with earlier stops in North Carolina, Indiana, and New Mexico, was to highlight the positive economic  impact of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) over the past fifty years.  Established in 1964, LWCF does not use… Read more »

Anza Trail Walk in the Southland

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   California , Historic Sites , Los Angeles County , Recreation Trail , hiking

Anza Recreation Trail in East Los Angeles County

Hike the Anza Trail through the Whittier Narrows to Old Mission San Gabriel In sprawling East Los Angeles County, nature, history, and outdoor recreation converge on the Anza Trail. On this level 4.5 mile walk/ride (round trip), the Anza Trail overlaps with the San Gabriel River Trail, Rio Hondo Trail, and city sidewalks.   Begin at Whittier Narrows Nature Center Park at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center (1000 N Durfee Ave., S. El Monte, CA 91733, 626-575-5523). The exhibits in the nature center and its facilities, including bathrooms,… Read more »

Meet the Anza Society

by Stella Cardoza, Anza Society President

Tagged as:   Volunteers , history

Members of the Anza Society at its 2014 conference in Banámichi, Sonora

The Anza Society, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded nineteen years ago by a group Bautista de Anza, father and son. Both are important historical figures of the Spanish frontier. The Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza, credited with the founding of San Francisco, and his father who served places related to the Anza family. Efforts in that direction include, but are not limited to, identifying andworks with the National Park Service as citizen historian advisors to the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The highlight of the Anza Society… Read more »

Got a Good Story? I’ll Give You 45 Seconds

by Hale Sargent, Interpretive Specialist, Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Tagged as:   Historic Sites

A Detail from the new Anza Trail Wayside Exhibit Style Guide

You know that wayside exhibit panel you’ve been toiling over the past year? The one that captures your passion and love for history? The one that recounts every day of the epic 1775-76 Anza Expedition, its impact on California, and the family tree of every descendant? It’s too much. In fact, your sign will be lucky to have 45 seconds to spend with its average visitor. But your panel is important. Our wayside exhibits are the most enduring tools for sharing the story of the Anza Trail. So… Read more »

South Pasadena Woman's Love of History Brings New Anza Trail Exhibit to San Gabriel

by Hale Sargent, Interpretive Specialist, Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Tagged as:   California , Historic Sites , Los Angeles County , Volunteers

Anza Trail VIP Rita Vega-Acevedo

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 1PM, youth participating in the San Gabriel Mission's annual mission model contest will take a break from the competition to help dedicate a new sign on the mission's grounds. The 1PM ribbon-cutting will be a brief moment, but one that Rita Vega-Acevedo of South Pasadena has been working toward for more than a year. The sign, a low-profile interpretive wayside, tells the story of another group of youth who, with their families, arrived at the original Mission San Gabriel in 1776. Theirs… Read more »

Las Lagunas de Anza Installs New Bird and Wildlife Observation Deck

by Arlyn Johnson, Project Manager, Santa Fe Ranch Foundation and Las Lagunas de Anza

Tagged as:   Arizona , Santa Cruz County , Volunteers

Don Clemans, lead volunteer at Las Lagunas de Anza

Santa Fe Ranch volunteer Don Clemans and his son Allan have designed and installed a beautiful new bird and wildlife observation deck at Las Lagunas de Anza. The observation deck has multiple windows for children of all ages to be able to view the ducks and birds in the marsh without being seen. The site also has signage which provides information regarding the birds that make their home at Las Lagunas or travel through the area on their migration route. Don Clemans, as the lead volunteer at Las… Read more »

Anza Trail Foundation Launches $17.76 Campaign

by Rich Rojas, Chairman, Anza Trail Foundation

Tagged as:   Anza Trail Foundation

Anza Trail Foundation

*Help Build Support for the Anza Trail Foundation*Support Our $17.76 Campaign for 2014We need your help to reach our goal to raise $3,000 by June 1, 2014!   Dear Friends: This is an exciting time for the Anza Trail Foundation. We want to reach out to many more people with our new interactive online Anza Trail experience. You can see the website's many new features at: www.AnzaHistoricTrail.org.  Your help will allow the Foundation and its partners to share the legacy of the more than 240 men, women and… Read more »

Sonora Shines During Anza Society Conference

by Rita Vega-Acevedo, VP of Programs & Education, Genealogical Society of Hispanic America - Southern California

Tagged as:   Historic Sites , Mexico , history

La Piedra Lisa

On March 8, 2014, the Anza Society, in conjunction with Mayor Vidal Vasquez Chacon of Arizpe, Sonora, and other Mexican community leaders (Jesus Lauro Escalante Peña, Guillermo Molina Paz, Jose Terran, Jose Delgado Ortega, Mario Bustamante Tapia, C. Ramon Acedo Burrola) made history while holding their 19th Annual Conference in Banámichi, Sonora, Mexico. Phil Valdez Jr., president of the Anza Society, along with the board, Anza Society members and scholars attended ribbon cutting ceremonies in nearby Arizpe and La Piedra Lisa. Under blue skies, approximately 115 people were on… Read more »

California Historical Society’s Exhibit Pays Tribute to Californios and Juana Briones

by Greg Bernal-Mendoza Smestad, Ph.D.

Tagged as:   San Francisco County , Santa Clara County , history , women

Briones Descendants

A new exhibit at the California Historical Society (CHS) celebrates a Californio woman, Juana de la Trinidad Briones y Tapia de Miranda, but it goes beyond describing the life of one 19th century woman; the exhibit is a long overdue recognition of the trials and tribulations of the whole group, and the community, to which she belonged. CHS describes its exhibit, Juana Briones y su California: Pionera, Fundadora, Curandera, as being about the life and times of a “remarkable Californian of Spanish and African descent” who rose above… Read more »

Presidio of San Francisco Unveils Anza Trail Improvements

by Julia Busiek, Media Relations Coordinator, Presidio Trust

Tagged as:   Historic Sites , Recreation Trail , San Francisco County , hiking

Anza Trail Ribbon Cutting, Jan. 15, 2014

The Presidio of San Francisco is a major landmark along the 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. It was here that many of the families of the 1775-76 Anza Expedition settled after the grueling, eight-month-long trip from Sonora, establishing the outpost that would grow into the city of San Francisco. The Anza Trail in the Presidio (see on map) highlights California’s Spanish heritage and honors its pioneering spirit. Working under the Trails Forever initiative, the Presidio Trust, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the National… Read more »

Book Review: Herbert Eugene Bolton: Historian of the American Borderlands

by Ronald D. Quinn

Tagged as:   history

credit: University of California Press

Most people interested in Juan Bautista de Anza know the work Herbert Eugene Bolton, California historian from the first half of the 20th Century. In 1930, he published Anza’s California Expeditions, four volumes of diaries and letters plus a fifth volume, which placed the events surrounding both of Anza’s California trips into a broad historical context.  These five books have been a touchstone for understanding Anza’s journeys to Alta California ever since.   Historian Albert L. Hurtado has written a vivid and comprehensive biography of Dr. Bolton, tracing… Read more »

Return to Tumacácori – A Touchstone Along the Anza Trail

by Rich Rojas, Chairman, Anza Trail Foundation

Tagged as:   Anza Trail Foundation , Arizona , Volunteers

An Anza Trail Mobile Workshop during the National Trails Conference hikes from Tumacácori to Tubac, AZ, Nov. 4, 2013

For over four years now, members of our Anza Trail Foundation have spent many hours discussing the importance of the Anza Expedition, the expedition’s influence on settlements along the route, and how modern development (solar/wind power,  cell phone towers, etc.) threatens what Anza and his party knew of Arizona and California. Too often, we search for reasonable mitigation measures to soften the blow of these changes or hope someone else (NPS, BLM, USFS, AZ or CA Highway or State Parks) is looking out for Anza Trail’s best interest.… Read more »

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