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Date: June 27, 2013
Contact: Hale Sargent of the Anza Trail, 415-623-2344 Connects Communities to History, Culture, and Outdoor Recreation Along 1,200-Mile Historic Trail

Launch Date Coincides with San Francisco Anniversary Commemoration

SAN FRANCISCO /June 27, 2013/ -- The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the Anza Trail Foundation have launched — an online Anza Trail experience to connect communities with history, culture, and outdoor recreation along the trail’s 1,200-mile corridor.

In 1775-76, Captain Juan Bautista de Anza led more than 240 men, women, and children on a perilous overland journey from present-day Mexico to establish the first colonial settlement at San Francisco Bay. The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail commemorates this turning point in American history. is a dynamic online experience that maps the legacy of the Anza Expedition throughout present-day California and Arizona. Approximately 36 million people live in the 20 counties through which the trail passes.

The website’s backbone is cutting-edge web-mapping technology developed by the nonprofit GreenInfo Network. Users can tailor the map to create their own Anza Trail experience:

• Zoom to street level to see where the expedition party traveled
• Locate local Anza Trail interpretation sites, recreation trails, and auto tour route
• Follow an animated timeline to read expedition diaries in English and Spanish
• Users are also invited to help document and share the Anza Trail story. By launching the site's MapCollaborator portal, they can add and edit information and photos directly on the map.

The Anza Trail officially launches the new site on June 27, the date in 1776 when the Anza Expedition families arrived to establish a presidio in San Francisco. Every year on June 27, Los Californianos, an organization that includes descendants of expedition members, gathers at the Presidio of San Francisco to honor their ancestors’ legacy.

The new website will serve as the online home for the Anza Trail, including the online magazine Noticias de Anza, and a list of trail-related events. It complements and incorporates the trail’s other online resources, including: Web de Anza, the University of Oregon's database of primary resources relating to the expedition; the Anza Trail Guide, by Anza Expedition descendant, Greg P. Smestad, Ph.D.; and the National Park Service's administrative site.


About the Anza Trail

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail commemorates the 1775-76 colonizing expedition of the more than 240 men, women and children who journeyed across the frontier of New Spain to settle Alta California. As a unit of the National Park Service, the Anza Trail connects history, culture and outdoor recreation along a 1,200-mile corridor from Nogales, Arizona, to the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information visit

About the Anza Trail Foundation

The Anza Trail Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), raises visibility and promotes knowledge of the epic 18th century expeditions of Juan Bautista de Anza and preserves the Anza National Historic Trail through collaboration and partnering with organizations and individuals. For more information visit


Media/Publicity Kit of Anza Trail Logos, Maps, and Images



Sidebar: Top 10 Features of the New Website

10. Search an address for nearby Anza Trail resources, routes, and recreation trails

9. Zoom to the street level to see if the expedition would have passed by your house

8. Create custom maps of the trail in your community; send a link of your map to your friends

7. Play an animated expedition timeline 

6. Read excerpts of the expedition diaries in English and Spanish (courtesy of Web de Anza)

5. Read 19 county-specific guides to the Anza Trail (developed by Anza Expedition descendant Greg P. Smestad, Ph.D.)

4. Watch the film, The Anza Expedition, in English or Spanish

3. Find upcoming cultural and recreation events along the trail, and download Noticias de Anza, the trail’s quarterly electronic magazine

2. Connect with the Anza Trail Foundation; also serves as a site for the official nonprofit fundraising partner of the Anza Trail

1. Be part of the story: Add your information or photos of trail resources using the MapCollaborator portal



Last updated: February 28, 2015

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