Juan Bautista de Anza
Juan Bautista de Anza found an overland route from Sonora Mexico to San Francisco in 1776. Anza’s diary tells of him camping at Mountain Lake Park near what is now Lake Street as he explored the area. From what is assumed to be the Golden Gate Bridge overlook area he chose the site for the Presidio. He then proceeded to the southeast to select the site for Mission Dolores. In 1990, Congress acknowledged the significance of the Anza expeditions by establishing the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The sculpture was a gift to the City from Luis Encina, the Governor of the State of Sonora, Mexico in 1967. Sculpture dimensions:Bronze: 11-1/2 ‘ H x 42” W x 70 “, weighs approximately 8,000 lbs.