Kuruvungna (Tongva) Springs

Tongva Springs, called Kuruvungna by the native Gabrieleno Tongva people, was used as a source of natural fresh water since at least the 5th century BC., but fell into ruin and abuse in the twentieth century. Around the turn of the 19th century, the springs began to be called “The Tears of Santa Monica” because they brought to mind the weeping eyes of the saint as she cried for her son. Although the densely populated City of Santa Monica grew up around it, in 1992, the Gabrielino/Tongva Springs Foundation, a non-profit foundation was created to protect and maintain what is left.


Kuruvungna (Tongva) Springs, John Craig Freeman, January 24, 2015.

Gabrielino/Tongva Springs Foundation

Site visit January 25th, 2015.


The site, located on the property of current day University High School in Santa Monica, is closed to the public and locked during off hours.

Map of Tongva Springs


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