#278:  Place Where Francisco Garces Crossed the Kern River

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State Hwy 178 (P.M. 10.9) at Rancheria Rd, 11.0 mi E of Bakersfield





Private Plaque



From the plaque:

One mile north of here on May 1, 1776, Francisco Garces of the Franciscan Order, crossed Kern River in his search for a shorter route from Sonora, Mexico to Monterey, California. He was the first known explorer to describe this river, which he named Rio de San Felipe.

Dedicated May 1, 1938 Bakersfield Parlor No.42 N.S.G.W., El Tejon Parlor No.239 N.D.G.W., Kern County Historical Society, Kern County Chamber of Commerce. Department of Natural Resources Reg. No 278. State of California.

©2009 David Schmitt