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Lebec in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Peter Lebec

 
 
Peter Lebec Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, March 20, 2006
1. Peter Lebec Marker
Inscription. Although little is known about Peter Lebec, it is believed that he was killed by a grizzly bear, and buried under this tree. His epitaph was originally carved into the tree.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 34° 52.43′ N, 118° 53.653′ W. Marker is in Lebec, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Lebec Road near Interstate 5. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Fort Tejon State Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lebec CA 93243, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Tejon (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First and Only "Camel Brigade" of the United States Army (about 500 feet away); Lieutenant Edward Fitzgerald Beale (about 500 feet away); Camel Trail Terminus (about 500 feet away); Peter Lebeck (about 500 feet away); The Camels of Fort Tejon (about 500 feet away); Don Pedro Fages (approx. 3.2 miles away); El Camino Viejo (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lebec.
 
Also see . . .  The Mystery of Peter Lebeck and the X Bear. *snip* "Peter Lebeck, the
Headstone of Peter Lebec Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, March 20, 2006
2. Headstone of Peter Lebec
Note the difference in spelling. (Lebec on the marker and name of town, and Lebeck on the Headstone. Headstone placed April 15, 1936 by El Tejon Parlor 239, N.D.G.W. and Bakersfield Parlor 42, N.S.G.W.
first recorded pioneer of Kern County, was killed by a grizzly bear — we think — on Oct. 17, 1837, at what is now Fort Tejon. (At the time is was just the wilds of the Tehachapi Mountains.) But how do we know this, and who was this Lebeck fellow?

Truth is, we donít really know who he was, nor even how he spelled his name. It could have been Lebeck, Labeck, Lebecque or Lebec. There has been much historical speculation about Lebeck and what he was doing in this area that led to his violent death in 1837."
*snip* (Submitted on August 23, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
 
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The Tree Mentioned on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, March 20, 2006
3. The Tree Mentioned on Marker
Vintage Postcard of the Peter Lebeck Headstone and The Lebeck Oak Tree Photo, Click for full size
Photo Color by Merle Porter, Published by Royal Pictures, Colton Ca.
4. Vintage Postcard of the Peter Lebeck Headstone and The Lebeck Oak Tree
Description on Postcard:
This marker is in memory of Peter Lebeck who was killed here by a Grizzly Bear on Oct. 17, 1837. Fort Tejon was established here by Lt. Col. E.F. Beale on Aug. 10, 1854 and lasted for 10 years. There were two events that took place here, the first a strange procession of an Army camel train that wound onto the clearing of the fort. Another event was the arrival of the first stage coach of the Butterfield Overland Mail on its way to San Francisco. The fort has been rebuilt and the bones of Lebecque, young voyageur of the Hudson Bay Company, was reburied near the spot where he died. M.P.
Peter Lebec Tree Bark Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, March 14, 2010
5. Peter Lebec Tree Bark
In 1889, lettering, in reverse, on the inside of the bark of the Lebeck Oak was discovered by a lady of the Foxtail Rangers. After the bark was stripped from the tree the entire inscription was found. Lebeck Oak inscription loaned by the Kern County Museum.
Peter Lebec Tree Bark Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, March 14, 2010
6. Peter Lebec Tree Bark
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,272 times since then and 288 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5, 6. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 23, 2016.
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