The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 46
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more than six miles distant." In spite of the fact that they
were now so near they toiled "three long weary days" before they
came out into the open country in view of the ocean.
They had reached the ocean just south of the stream known as
Little River. Here they turned toward the north but soon found
their advance blocked by the waters of Big Lagoon which lay be-
tween the dense forest and the ocean; they then decided to turn
south again, this time stopping to examine a projecting head-
land, which in deference to their leader they named "Gregg's
Point."' Here Dr. Gregg stopped to determine the latitude of
the place and carefully carved the result on the trunk of a tree
near at hand for the benefit of any who might afterward visit
the place. In March of the next year the crew of the Cameo, in
exploring the coast found this inscription, which read as follows :7
"Lat. 41 3' 32" Barometer 29 86' Ther. Fah. 48 at 12 M.
Dec. 7, 1849. J. Gregg."
These scientific observations of the leader came to be a source
of annoyance to the other members of the party, and as he still
persisted in making them, in spite of the toil and hardships they
endured, he became subject to much abuse. Unfortunately this
lack of harmony in the exploring party has been indelibly stamped
upon the map of the region in the name of one of its most im-
portant streams, for they had not gone far along the coast to
-the south until they came to a stream which gave the appear-
ance of being a large river, and without doubt suitable for navi-
The Doctor wished to ascertain the latitude of the mouth of
the river, in order hereafter to know where it was. This was of
course opposed by the rest of the company. Regardless of this
,opposition, he proceeded to make his observation. We were, how-
ever, equally obstinate in adhering to the determination of pro-
ceeding without delay. Thus decided, our animals were speedily
crossed over, and our blankets and ourselves placed in canoes-
which we had procured from the Indians for this purpose-
ready to cross. As the canoes were about pushing off, the Doctor,
as if convinced that we would carry our determination into effect,
This point was Trinidad Head, or Trinidad Bay, so named by the
Spanish explorer Bodega in 1775. Thus unfortunately the name of Gregg
was not to be permitted to remain upon the map.
Alta California, April 1, 1850.
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