Rebelle With a Cause

March 20th, 2023

Last month, as part of Rebelle Impact initiatives, Rebelle founder Emily Miller and TOTAL CHAOS Fabrication founder and owner Nicole Pitell joined Tread Lightly! and the Bureau of Land Management for a restoration project on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, established in 1990, commemorates, protects, marks, and interprets the route Anza and the colonists traveled on his journey. As part of Quadratec’s 50 for 50 Trail Stewardship Initiative, Yuha Well along the Juan Bautista trail was selected to be the designated California project, where they replaced the sign outlining the historical significance of the location and cleaned up trash along the way. Originally visited by the Anza Exploring Expedition on March 8, 1774, the Yuha Well became an important location to access water near the California-Mexico border. Today, guests can follow an audio tour of the location, highlighting stories and facts about the early explorers and native tribes of the area.

“This is very meaningful for us to get this done after delays due to COVID,” said Miller. “When you go out there to see and experience the land the way we were able to do on this important day, it makes you think about treading lightly and protecting what can’t be replaced.”

More about the Trail’s History

In his quest to expand the west and make the coastal province of Alta, California, accessible over land, Spanish Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza, led a group of 240+ settlers on an overland journey across what is now known as the American Southwest to settle Alta, California. Their 1,200-mile journey explored the rich cultural history of the native communities from Nogales, Arizona, to San Francisco, California, to discover a land route into California, ultimately establishing a mission and presidio in today’s San Francisco Bay area. You can learn more here.