#371:  Outermost Point in the South San Joaquin Valley (Visited by Padre Garces in 1776)

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Courtyard of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 350 E Bear Mountain Blvd, Arvin





Private Plaque



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.

©2009 David Schmitt