Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
1738 – 1781
—Spanish Franciscan —
man than this – That a man
lay down his life for his friends.”
Erected 1939. (Marker Number 277.)
Location. 35° 23.22′ N, 119° 1.13′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of North Chester Avenue and Golden State Highway (California Route 204), in the median on North Chester Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroad Scale House and Telephone Booth (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Barn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Santa Fe Caboose #1323 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Southern Pacific Engine #2914 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Southern Pacific Railroad Jail Bena Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kern City French Bakery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pinkney House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
More about this marker. The statue is eligible for inclusion in the National Register as an object of art under Criterion C, at the local level of significance. In a 1993 study of the statue, it was found that three of Palo-Kangas' Bakersfield works survive, and that "the City of Bakersfield, consequently, preserves the single largest collection of heroically scaled sculptures executed during the 1930s and 1940s by Uno John Palo-Kangas.(sic)" The Garces Circle statue is the earliest, largest, best-known, and most prominently displayed of Palo-Kangas' local work, and the only one of the three that can truly be considered "heroic" size, rather than life-size. A fourth work also still exists at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, a bust of Col. Thomas Baker, completed as a study for the seated limestone work located on the steps of the Bakersfield City Hall.
Regarding Francisco Garces. The statue of Francisco Garces was sculpted
In its original location, the Garces statue was prominently placed, with minimal landscaping, at the center of the traffic circle. It instantly became a highly visible symbol at the city’s northern gateway. The statue stood at the center of the traffic circle until 1956, when it was moved a hundred feet south to its present location at the southern edge of the circle. This was to make way for the new Golden State Highway (US Route 99 Overpass), now North Chester Undercrossing. The statue is visible to traffic approaching the circle on North Chester Avenue from the south. Views from the north are largely blocked by the overpass structure. The circle has always been surrounded by commercial development, primarily automotive services.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker
Also see . . . Waymarking Post of Marker and Monument. (Submitted on August 25, 2010.)
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