PLACE WHERE FRANCISCO GARCÉS CROSSED THE KERN RIVER
On May 1, 1776, Franciscan friar Francisco Garcés crossed the Kern River one mile north of here. Searching for a shorter route from Sonora, Mexico to Monterey, California, he was the first known explorer to describe this river, which he named Río de San Felipe.
Registration Date: 10/21/1937
State Hwy 178 (P.M. 10.9) at Rancheria Rd, 11.0 mi E of Bakersfield
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