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Anza Trail Banners go up in El Cerrito - Find them and win a Starbucks card

El Cerrito is the first city to install commemorative banners to highlight the historic Anza expedition’s trip through the area in 1776 and the El Cerrito Historical Society is showing them off to the larger community by holding a small contest. In 1775 Juan Bautista de Anza organized and embarked on the 1,800-mile expedition that brought the first European settlers to California. It was a monumental feat given the obstacles that he faced."

The six banners as well as a commemorative marker are the result of a joint effort by the National Park Service and the Historical Society. The Park Service oversees the 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The banners and marker commemorate the expedition as well as the fact that Anza passed through the area that is now modern-day El Cerrito on April 1, 1776.

The marker is being be installed in front of the city's public safety building at San Pablo and Manila Avenues. The design and the fabrication of the marker and the banners was paid for by grants the Historical Society received from the Anza Trail Foundation and the National Park Service.

Regarding the contest:

The first person to identify where all six banners are currently located will win a $10 Starbucks card. To win the prize you will need to cite either the name of the business or the address of the business closest to where each of the six banners is located. If you think you have the answers contact Historical Society board member Tom Panas at (510) 526-7507 or at tmpanas@yahoo.com by Aug. 13.

The materials will be formally dedicated at a ceremony set for 3 PM on Tuesday, August 25. The ceremony will take place in front of the Public Safety building, which is just across the street from El Cerrito City Hall. The address of El Cerrito City Hall is 10890 San Pablo Avenue (at Manila.)

After this year the banners will become part of the city's normal seasonal rotation timed to include the April 1 anniversary of the expedition.


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