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January 21, 1861: Temescal

January 21, 2011

Dos Lagos, Corona, CA (vicinity of Camp 9); by miheco, on Flickr

Camp 9

[Today] it looked like rain. We measured the cliffs above camp (about four hundred feet high). Then it cleared up, and I went on with advance camp to find a good place to camp at Temescal, where we expected to spend several days. We took our way southeast, over a sort of plain which sloped each side from the mountains. Most of it was very green, but alkali covered a part, and to

Butterfield Stage Station Historical Marker

Butterfield Stage Station Historical Marker; by Michael Cota

the northeast many hills of granite rose like islands in it. The flying clouds shading this great plain in places, the snowy mountains on the horizon, the grassy carpet beneath, the fine hard road we were on, all conspired to make it a lovely view and pleasant ride. We got in camp before night near the Temescal Overland station, at the foot of the Temescal hills, a splendid place to camp, wood and water plenty, and protected from the winds.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. George Smithson permalink
    June 4, 2013 3:52 pm

    Where is this Historical marker located? I looked for it at its old Topo map location and did not find it.

  2. William H. Brewer permalink*
    June 4, 2013 4:52 pm

    Good question. I (Tom Hilton) never made it down there myself, so I used a photo Michael Cota was nice enough to send me. The CHS description says “20730 Temescal Canyon Road, 7 Miles South of Corona”, but I don’t know if that helps any.

  3. George Smithson permalink
    June 4, 2013 9:12 pm

    N 33 49′ 9″ W 117 30′ 26″ is the original location which is south of there.and on the east side of Temescal Canyon Road. See http://www.topoquest.com/map.php?lat=33.81946&lon=-117.50727&datum=nad83&zoom=4

    Looks like original was removed to widen road. via Google Map I don’t see a monument there or a sign or anything. May have been stolen.

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