The 1849 Whipple Expedition

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 3:30pm

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: James Lightner
Free and open to public (seating limited)
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center (Discovery Lab)

In September 1849 an expedition of nearly 100 U.S. government surveyors, soldiers, cavalry and support staff left San Diego and crossed the Anza-Borrego Desert to the Colorado River, and they returned three months later. The "Whipple Expedition" was named for the head surveyor, Lt. Amiel W. Whipple, and included the leader of an Army escort, Lt. Cave J. Couts, and the famous botanical collector Dr. Charles C. Parry (see photo).

The presentation by Mr. Lightner will describe the expedition and highlight new information from Dr. Parry’s recently published Notebooks, including details about the natural resources, plants and agriculture. It will also examine historical events surrounding the expedition such as the end of the Mexican-American War, the drawing of the boundary and the emergence of the Southern Emigrant Trail. 


This informative talk is presented by James Lightner, who is the author of three books: San Diego County Native Plants (5th edition), Parry's California Notebooks 1849-51, and San Diego Native Plants in the 1830s