Birth Place of Antioch, CA – Project 365

Continuing with taking photos of historic significance in my now hometown of Antioch, this set is about the Pioneers Landing Site Monument. Antioch is one of the oldest towns in California, having been founded in 1850. This monument was erected to denote the landing site of the pioneers that landed with Captain George W. Kimball and the birthplace of the City of Antioch on September 16, 1850.

Antioch was not the first name of this locality, it having been originally adjacent to a settlement known by the more pretentious title of “New York of the Pacific,” which was designed to become the metropolis of the Pacific Coast. It was known in early times as Smith’s Landing, from the Rev. W. W. Smith and his brother, Joseph H. Smith, who were among the original settlers. During the 4th July 1851 town picnic W. W. Smith proposed that, inasmuch as the first settlers were disciples of Christ, and one of them had died and was buried on the land, that it be given a Bible name in his honor, and suggested Antioch, and by united acclamation it was so christened.

The first three photos are of the monument and plaque. The fourth is a view of the bay the pioneers had, minus the windmills in the background.

Location: Antioch, CA
Camera: Sony SLT-A77V
Lens Model: Sony DT 16–105mm F/3.5–5.6 (SAL–16105)
Focal Length (FF): 33mm, 103mm, 90mm & 157mm
FNumber: 10
Exposure Times: 1/250, 1/100, 1/50 & 1/250
Exposure Mode: Auto bracket
Exposure Program: Manual
Exposure Bias Value: 0
Metering Mode: Pattern
White Balance: Cloudy
Sensitivity (ISO): 100

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