California Historical Landmarks in San Mateo County
California Historical Landmark 94
Portolá Expedition Camp
Crystal Springs Dam on Skyline Boulevard
0.1 Mile South of Crystal Springs Road
4 Miles West of San Mateo
The Portolá Expedition of 1769 camped on November 5 at a 'laguna grande' which today is covered by the Upper Crystal Springs Lake.
Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation
We were unable to locate a commemorative plaque for the Portolá Expedition Camp at Crystal Springs Reservoir. Here's a list of other California Historical Landmarks which had no bear flag plaque when we visited them.
Portolá Expedition of 1769
Under orders from King Carlos III of Spain, Gaspar de Portolá i Rovira and Franciscan Father John Crespi marched north from San Diego on 14 July 1769 with sixty-three soldiers and one hundred mules.
Their destination was Monterey Bay, but they missed the fog-shrouded bay and instead became the first documented Europeans to see the San Francisco Bay.
Just seven years later, Spain founded Misión San Francisco de Asís on 29 June 1776.
The California Coastal Trail traces much of the route, and twelve California Landmarks in San Mateo County commemorate the expedition: