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Californian Bells of El Camino Real
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Description:
The bells placed along the historic El Camino Real mark an important route in California History, about which every California 4th grader becomes an expert!
Expanded Description:
El Camino Real (or the King's Highway) was started in 1763 and linked the Spanish-founded missions and related outposts in the California territory. The path starts in Loreto, Baja California and ends in Sonoma, California (finished in 1823), mostly along the modern-day Highway 101. Splits and side branches are common and were established to connect more remote missions and outposts with the main highway.

Our aim is to document the location of these bells in California and Baja California, with the utmost admiration for and respect to Parsa, who created this as a Locationless cache and did a great job of cataloging bells submitted up to 2005, when locationless caches transitioned to waymarking.

History edited from information at LA Almanac and California Highways:
The 700-mile-long El Camino Real linked California's 21 missions, which were founded by Father Junipero Serra and spaced approximately one day's journey apart by horse. Over the years, El Camino Real gave way to modern highways.

Efforts to mark the old highway were first initiated in 1892, and in 1906 The California Federation of Women's Clubs and the Native Daughters of the Golden West oversaw the first installation. The markers are said to be modeled after the bells of the Old Plaza Church in Los Angeles. The cast iron bells hung from eleven-foot bent guideposts that made them easily visible to passing travelers. The first bell was installed in front of the Old Plaza Church in downtown Los Angeles.

The original bell installers made no provision for maintenance of the bells. By 1926, the bells had fallen into disrepair and some had been stolen. From 1926 to 1931, the California State Automobile Association and the Automobile Club of Southern California assumed responsibility for maintenance and replacement of bells on state-owned property. In fact, the bells served as vital markers for California motorists during that period.

In 1960, Justin Kramer of Los Angeles won the bid to manufacture replacement bells. His design became the standard for decades to come. In 1974, the California Legislature appointed the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to be responsible for repairing or replacing bells. Caltrans replacement bells are now cast in concrete, rather than iron.

In 2000, CalTrans received a federal grant to restore the El Camino Real Mission bell marker system on the state highways from San Francisco through Orange County. The new bells are a copy of the 1906 bells, unlike the bells installed by civic groups and CalTrans from 1960 to 1998. The bells are placed on both sides of the highway at approximately 1-2 mile intervals. In locations where Caltrans could not find a safe place to install the bells they were not erected - creating a longer gap between bells. More than 555 bells mark the historic route.

More information on the modern-day El Camino Real route is maintained by the California Highways site. For a complete history of the El Camino Real, see also California's El Camino Real and Its Historic Bells by Max Kurillo & Erline Tuttle

Instructions for Posting a Californian Bells of El Camino Real Waymark:
Note: This category is for El Camino Real Bells along the historic missionary route in California and Baja California only. Please do not submit the El Camino Real bells in Pennsylvania, Spain, or any marker along the "other" El Camino Real (in New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana).

That said,

1) Take and upload a photo of the bell in its surrounding area. Particularly for Bells at the Missions and other locations with interesting features, please try to do this in daylight so that the context photo is meaningful to gallery browsers and future visitors.
2) Post the coordinates of the bell.
3) Note the road it is on and the nearest intersection (e.g. on 101 between Betabel and Y road exits). If this particular bell is best done as a "drive by" visit for safety reasons, please mention it in the Waymark page.
4) Note as many category variables as possible (county and location are not optional).

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
1) Take and upload a photo of the bell with your GPSr (or you) in it. Drive-by photos from the car window are perfectly acceptable as long as they have your GPSr in them.
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Californian Bells of El Camino RealPCH / Marguerite Bell - Newport Beach, CA

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An El Camino Real Bell along PCH in Newport Beach, California.

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location: California

date approved: 10/27/2020

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealRedwood City Women's Club Bell - Redwood City, CA

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A bell in front of the Redwood City Women's Club.

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location: California

date approved: 7/24/2020

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealSepulveda Blvd Bell - Manhattan Beach, CA

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A bell on Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 2/8/2020

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealHollywood Bell - Hollywood, CA

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One of many El Camino Real Bells along Highway 101 in Hollywood, just before the Benton exit heading southbound.

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location: California

date approved: 1/17/2020

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealSanta Monica Bell - Hollywood, CA

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One of many El Camino Real Bells along Highway 101 in Hollywood, just before the Santa Monica exit heading southbound.

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location: California

date approved: 1/17/2020

last visited: never

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealLos Encinos State Historic Park Bell - Los Angeles, CA

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A bell at Los Encinos State Historic Park.

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location: California

date approved: 7/25/2019

last visited: never

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealArroyo Dr Bell - South San Francisco, CA

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A bell at the corner of Arroyo and El Camino Real in South San Francisco.

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location: California

date approved: 6/26/2019

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealSt Victor Catholic Church Bell - San Jose, CA

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A bell in front of the St Victor Catholic Church in San Jose.

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location: California

date approved: 6/19/2019

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real / Ortega Highway Bell - San Juan Capistrano, CA

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A newly installed El Camino Real Bell in front of the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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location: California

date approved: 6/17/2019

last visited: 6/17/2019

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealWhite House of Anaheim Bell - Anaheim, CA

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A bell in downtown Anaheim in front of the Anaheim White House.

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location: California

date approved: 4/11/2019

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealYoung-Sartorette House Bell - Campbell, CA

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A bell in front of the Young-Sartorette House in Campbell, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 12/26/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealPlaza Park Bell - Fullerton, CA

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A bell in the middle of plaza park.

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location: California

date approved: 12/3/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealU.S. 101 / Los Lobos Rd. (Northbound) - San Ardo, CA

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One of many bells along U.S. 101. This one is heading northbound from San Lois Obispo to San Francisco.

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location: California

date approved: 11/11/2017

last visited: 11/11/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #16 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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location: California

date approved: 7/10/2017

last visited: 7/10/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #15 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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date approved: 7/10/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #14 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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date approved: 7/10/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #13 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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location: California

date approved: 7/10/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #12 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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location: California

date approved: 7/10/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #11 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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location: California

date approved: 7/10/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #10 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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location: California

date approved: 7/10/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #9 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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location: California

date approved: 7/10/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #8 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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date approved: 7/10/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #7 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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date approved: 7/10/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #6 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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location: California

date approved: 7/10/2017

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Californian Bells of El Camino RealEl Camino Real Bell #5 - Claremont, CA

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This is one of many bells located in the Candlelight Theater parking lot in Claremont.

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location: California

date approved: 7/10/2017

last visited: 7/10/2017

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