January 1776: After a perilous desert crossing, some 30 families, including more than 100 children, arrived at Mission San Gabriel in the Gabrielino-Tongva homeland.These were the first settler families to come overland into Alta California.
The remote outpost, located six miles from today's San Gabriel Mission, offered the colonists respite before they continued north to colonize the San Francisco Bay Area. Our nation commemorates these families' journey — a turning point in California history — through the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.
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The National Park Service, Anza Trail Foundation, and San Gabriel Mission have partnered to recognize this historic event with a bilingual, interpretive wayside exhibit on the mission's grounds.
The exhibit's dedication takes place during the annual Mission Model contest, sponsored by the San Gabriel Mission and the Ramona Museum of California History.
Youth participating in the Mission Model contest will have the opportunity to learn about diverse youth their age who traveled some 1,800 miles to settle modern-day California. The dedication takes place on the mission's grounds. To otherwise visit the mission museum, entrance fees apply ($5 for adults; $3 for youth age 6-17; free age 5 and younger).
For more about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the Anza Trail Foundation, visit
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