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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:33 pm    Post subject: Monuments Reply with quote

SERRA.
One of the most beautiful and fitting memorials to Father junipero Serra is the monument erected in 1891 by Mrs. Jane Stanford. It stands on an eminence fronting the Bay of Monterey and close by the spot where Serra landed in 1770. This monument not alone marks the spot, but is significant to the whole State of California; for largely through the work of this one Padre, California was transformed from a state of barbarity into one of civilized advancement. The monument represents a life-size figure of Junipero Serra, in the act of landing, with one foot standing in the small boat and the other stepping on the rocky shore. A large cross, ready to be erected as soon as the landing is made, lies in the boat, and lengthwise with the same, on which is inscribed: June 3, 1770.

SLOAT.
The Sloat Monument stands on the hill in the government reservation, and is a memorial to Commodore John Drake Sloat. Congress appropriated the sum of $10,000 toward the monument, and this is the only monument outside of Washington, D. C, to receive aid from the federal government, commemorating the deeds of either an army or navy officer. The foundation, or base, is constructed of sixty-six granite blocks contributed by thirty-five counties, cities, organizations and individuals.
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