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

Rankin Ranch

 
 
Rankin Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price - ECV Chapter 1866
1. Rankin Ranch Marker
Inscription. This valley, Walker Basin, was originally named "The Park" before being named for Joseph R. Walker, an early day scout.

The founder of Rankin Ranch, Walker Rankin was 22 when he left Pennsylvania in 1854 for the California "Gold Rush." He founded Rankin Ranch in 1863 and married Lavinia Lightner, whose family had settled in the basin in 1858. The Rankin home and barns, which are still in use today, were built in the mid 1870's. From that time to the turn of the century Rankin Ranch was a "Stage Stop" for the overland mail and travelers enroute from Caliente to Havilah and Kernville.

The Rankin family is proud to continue this longtime ranching tradition. We dedicate this plaque to the Rankin family, which is celebrating 150 years of ranching in Walker Basin.
 
Erected 2013 by Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Location. 35° 23.015′ N, 118° 33.288′ W. Marker is in Walker Basin, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of Caliente-Bodfish Road (County Road 483) and Walker Basin Road, on the left when traveling south on Caliente-Bodfish Road. Click for map. Marker is built in a dirt triangle at the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5723 County Road 483, Caliente CA 93518, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Rankin Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, September 24, 2013
2. Rankin Ranch Marker
View of the ranch pasture beyond the marker
At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dedicated to Little Lucy and the Lightners (here, next to this marker); Walker Basin (approx. 4.9 miles away); a different marker also named Walker Basin (approx. 4.9 miles away); Caliente (approx. 7.6 miles away); Bealeville (approx. 8.7 miles away); First Catholic Church and Cemetery in Kern County (approx. 9.3 miles away); Stage Robbery! (approx. 9.6 miles away); Havilah (approx. 9.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is next to 2 previous brass markers erected to the memory of "Little Lucy", a local Native American raised by the Lightner family in Walker Basin.
 
Also see . . .  Rankin Ranch official web page. (Submitted on January 3, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.)
 
Additional keywords. Clampers Lightner Walker Rankin ECV
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Little Lucy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, September 24, 2013
3. Little Lucy Marker
Earlier markers erected before the Rankin Ranch Marker
Rankin Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, September 24, 2013
4. Rankin Cemetery
Established in 1888, the cemetery sits on Walker Basin Road, a mile and a half from the main ranch.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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