Friday, August 11, 1769
To Sespe Creek, just west of Fillmore.
Piru in Ventura County, California.
California Registered Landmark - 624



Gaspar de Portolá
The 11th, we proceeded for three hours through the same gully which runs into the sea. Much pasture and water. Here about five hundred natives came to our camp and made us a present of many . . .

Miguel Costansó
We set out very early in the morning; the canyon still ran in the same direction, west-southwest. After three leagues we halted near a populous village situated on another stream of running water. This emerges from the range through a narrow gorge and empties into the Cañada de Santa Clara, which at this point has a greater width. This village must contain over two hundred souls, who live with no better protection than the Indians of the Ranchería del Corral, that is to say, within a similar inclosure of branches.
In the afternoon, seven chiefs or caciques came with a large following of Indians armed with bows and arrows, but with the bowstrings loosened in sign of peace. They brought generous presents of seeds, acorns, nuts, and pine-nuts, which they spread out before us. The chiefs inquired who was in command of us, and offered to the commander and his officers, as a mark of distinction, various necklaces of some little black and white stones; in hardness and substance they greatly resemble coral, and only differ from it in color. Today we have probably seen more than five hundred Indians.

Fray Juan Crespi
At half-past six in the morning we set out from this arroyo, going west-southwest and following the valley. After traveling a little distance we observed that the arroyo broke off, sinking into the sand in its bed. We traveled about three leagues by the same valley, and stopped in the neighborhood of a very populous village on the bank of another arroyo with much running water, which comes out of the mountains through a narrow canyon and empties into this valley of Santa Clara, which in this place seems to have a greater width. The people of this village have no other protection than a large brush shelter inside a big corral. In the afternoon seven chiefs came to visit us with a numerous following of Indians with bows and arrows, but carrying the bow-strings loose, which is a sign of peace. They brought us an abundant present of seeds, acorns, walnuts, and pine-nuts, which they spread out before us. The chiefs, having learned who was in charge, offered to the commander, to us, and to the officers, several necklaces of little stones, white, black, and red, whose texture and material was similar to coral. There must have been more than five hundred of the heathen; the governor gave them some beads. The place was named Santa Clara, since the valley continues, and it is a very suitable site for a good mission, for it has all the requisites for it. It is six leagues from Santa Rosa, and ten from Santa Catalina de Bononia. I took the latitude and it was thirty-four degrees and thirty minutes. With the sage that the heathen gave us a mule was loaded with a good pack; the rest was divided among all the others.

August 10 To two miles east of Piru (SRL 624, Warring Park, Piru).
August 12 To or near Santa Paula (SRL 727).