#277:  Garces Circle

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Center intersection of Chester Ave and 30th St, Bakersfield





Private Plaque



From the Guidebook:

This is the approximate site of the Indian rancheria visited by Franciscan friar Padre Francisco Garcés on May 7, 1776. Padre Garcés named this spot San Miguel de los Noches por el Santa Príncipe.

From the plaque:

Francisco Garces 1738 - 1781 Spanish Franciscan

Padre Garces seeking a new route between Sonora, Mexico and Monterey crossed Rio de San Felipe (Kern River May 7, 1776) at Rancheria San Miguel now Bakersfield. First recorded white man in this locality, he brought Christianity to the Indian and on Rio Colorado his brave life was crowned with martyrdom. “Greater love hath no man than this – That a man lay down his life for his friends.”

©2009 David Schmitt