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February 18, 1861: Simi Hills

February 18, 2011

the view

San Fernando Valley from Knapp Ranch Park (vicinity of Camp 14); by candice tobin, on Flickr

Camp 141

[Today], we crossed the valley to the north side, a stretch of about ten miles across a plain, a part of it almost desert for want of water, the rest covered with grass. It all belongs to the San Fernando Mission, under old Spanish grants. On the north side of the valley there is a great chain of hills—mountains, I should say. The rocks are all broken up, and rise in ridges, some of them two thousand feet or more above the plain, the broken edges of the strata forming lines of rock or high precipices in places, visible for many miles. We camped in a quiet canyon at the base.

1On the Rancho El Escorpion grant at the western edge of the San Fernando Valley

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