#0732 Site of the Home of Elisha Stevens


#0732 Site of the Home of Elisha Stevens

Site information:

NW corner of W Columbus and Isla Verde Sts, Bakersfield

Nothing remains of this site, as far as I know.


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

Home of Elisha Stevens

Near this spot stood the last home of Elisha Stevens, noted American pathfinder and scout. Born in Georgia April 5, 1804, he learned blacksmithing during his youth. Drifting west he became a trapper on the Upper Missouri for more than two decades. In 1844 he led the 50-member Murphy-Townsend wagon train safely from Council Bluffs to Sutter's Fort. During the Mexican War he served as an ordnance mechanic under Commodore Stockton. For a time he lived in Santa Clara County, then settled here on a 38-acre tract, the first permanent settler in the Bakersfield District. He died September 9, 1887 and is buried in Union Cemetery.

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Kern County Historical Society, El Tejon Parlor No. 239, N.D.G.W., Bakersfield Parlor No. 42, N.S.G.W. and Kern County Museum, July 12, 1964.

Registered 4/8/1960