From the plaque:
Padre Garcés, first
recorded non-Indian to visit this locality, came in April
of 1776, seeking a new route from Mexico to California.
His epic journey covered more than two thousand miles
of uncharted wilderness, opening trails that later became
highways and railroads.
Sponsored by Kern County Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Historical Society, Bakersfield El Tajon Parlor No. 239 N.D.G.W, Bakersfield Parlor No.42 N.S.G.W.