Santa Barbara County
Historical Markers


California State Historical Landmarks in Santa Barbara County

Historical Marker #248 - Gaviota Pass - Gaviota, CA

Source: Gaviota Pass Image Gallery

N-bound State Hwy 101 rest stop (P.M. 46.9), 1.5 mi NW of Gaviota

N 34° 29.109 W 120° 13.729

Here, on Christmas Day, 1846, natives and soldiers from the Presidio of Santa Barbara lay in ambush for Lieutenant Colonel John C. Frémont, U.S.A., and his battalion. Frémont learned of the plot and, guided by Benjamin Foxen and his son William, came instead over the San Marcos Pass, to capture Santa Barbara without bloodshed.


This page was last updated July 26, 2009.