“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Home of Elisha Stevens

Home of Elisha Stevens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 17, 2011
1. Home of Elisha Stevens Marker
Inscription. 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.
Erected 1964 by 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. (Marker Number 732.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 35° 23.838′ N, 119° 0.354′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of West Columbus Street and Ilsa Verde Street, on the right when traveling west on West Columbus Street. Click for map.
Home of Elisha Stevens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 17, 2011
2. Home of Elisha Stevens Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 West Columbus Street, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jewett Family – Kern County Pioneers (approx. ¾ mile away); Beale Memorial Clock Tower (approx. 0.8 miles away); Kern County Chamber of Commerce (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bungalow (approx. 0.8 miles away); Howell House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Adobe House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lόpez-Hill House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Standard School (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
Regarding Home of Elisha Stevens. Elisha Stevens last name is correctly spelled Stephens.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Stephens – Townsend – Murphy Party of 1844 marker in near Donner Lake
Also see . . .  Elisha Stephens: California Pioneer - Historic Kern. Captain Stephens led the wagon party up the treacherous Truckee River Canyon, crossing the river from bank to bank, and at times having to travel directly in the flowing riverbed itself. The party eventually worked its way up the Truckee to an alpine mountain lake near the Sierra Summit. Again, honoring their Indian friend, they called it Truckee’s Lake, later to
Elisha Stephens image. Click for full size.
credit Wikipedia
3. Elisha Stephens
be renamed Donner Lake.
(Submitted on December 7, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & SettlersWar, Mexican-American
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