On Friday, August 26, 2011, at 11:00 am the East Bay Regional Park District will host a preview event for a series of newly installed interpretive panels that highlight a part of the historic 1775-1776 Spanish Expedition led by Lt. colonel Juan Bautista de Anza. The preview event will be at Contra Loma Regional Park located at 1200 Frederickson Lane in Antioch. Speakers will include Beverly Lane, East Bay Regional Park District Board President and local historian; Steven Ross, National Park Service. The preview includes replicas of the panels and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The Park District, in conjunction with the National Park Service, has created fourteen interpretive panels that have been installed, or will soon be installed, throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties along a route close to the Anza route of 1776.
The first twelve panels, at East Bay Regional Park District parks and trails, were installed this summer. The installation of the two final panels will be done by the City of Oakland at their Peralta Hacienda sometime after the panels are completed in October.
The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is administered by the U.S. National Park Service. This 1,210-mile historic route extends from Nogales, Arizona on the U.S.-Mexico border, through the desert and coastal areas in Southern California along the Central Coast region to the San Francisco Bay Area.
The trail commemorates the story of the 1775-1776 Spanish Expedition led by Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza. The expedition left Mexico with 240 settlers, soldiers, and others bound for Alta California to colonize the region, explore, and establish San Francisco's presidio and mission. Anza's smaller East Bay exploration in March and April is depicted in the fourteen interpretive panels.
The panels are meant to help visitors retrace the travels of Anza and learn about the profound changes set in motion by the Expedition on the future of the people and the land.