Galleta Meadows Dedicated
Historic marker honors Anza's compatriots, local woman
By Judy Winter Meier
The name of Juan Bautista de Anza is familiar to many in the Borrego area. The Spanish explorer who twice corssed the valley while establishing a land route from Mexico to settlements on the coast is well-remembered with many namesakes - from streets to a country club, and businesses to historical markers.
However, two members of his expeditions, Seb Tarabal and Jose Joaquin Moraga, are virtually unknown, even thought they made significant contributions to the success of the journeys.
A new historical marker was dedicated June 17 with the purpose of illuminating the part these men played in the valley's history, and recognizing Moraga's seventy-generation direct decendant, Dr. Gloria Bush, who is a Borrego resident.