Dr. John Marsh's Rancho Los Meganos
Marsh Creek Road, Brentwood (Not Yet Placed)
Frank Vranek
Additional Info: John Marsh Trust, John Marsh

DR. JOHN MARSH'S
RANCHO LOS MEGANOS

THIS MONUMENT MARKS THE TERMINUS OF THE FIRST OVERLAND IMMIGRANT TRAIL TO
CALIFORNIA FROM THE UNITED STATES. THE BARTLESON/BIDWELL PARTY COMPRISING
30 MEN AND ONE WOMAN WITH HER BABY ARRIVED AT DR. JOHN MARSH'S RANCHO
LOS MEGANOS IN NOVEMBER 1841. MARSH WAS THE FIRST TO PUBLICLY ENCOURAGE
EMIGRATION TO CALIFORNIA. LIVING AT THE MARSH RANCHO WERE A NUMBER OF
NATIVE MIWOK PEOPLE. AN ELDER OF THE TRIBE LED THE WEARY IMMIGRANTS TO THE
SAFETY OF THE MARSH ADOBE. THESE EARLY AMERICAN PIONEERS WERE THE FIRST TO
REACH CALIFORNIA BY LAND, BEGINNING THE MOVEMENT INITIATED BY DR. MARSH
TO BRING CALIFORNIA INTO THE UNION.

DEDICATED NOVEMBER 3, 2007
JOHN MARSH HISTORIC TRUST
JOAQUIN MURRIETA CHAPTER #13
E CLAMPUS VITUS