The Landmark Project: CHL# 218

CHL# 218 BARTON MOUND

Juan Flores, who had escaped from San Quentin, was being sought by James Barton with a posse of five men. Near this mound, Flores surprised Barton and three of his men, all four were killed. When Los Angeles learned of the slaughter, posses were formed, and Flores and his men were captured.

Christine’s Note: This is one of those landmarks that make me wonder what the State of California is thinking.  No marker, no identifying mark.  It is literally just a view from the freeway – there isn’t even any way to really know for sure you are looking at the right place.  And now houses are being built close to here.  Why exactly are we excited to preserve a massacre site anyway?

Descriptions of each landmark are from the California Office of Historical Preservation website.

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