Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Woody in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Garcés Baptismal Site

 
 
Garcés Baptismal Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price, May 2015
1. Garcés Baptismal Site Marker
Inscription. Three miles north of this point was the site of the first recorded Christian baptism in the San Joaquin Valley. On May 23, 1776, Padre Francisco Garcés, earliest non-Indian in this area, baptized an Indian boy whom he called Muchachito at a Yokuts Rancheria in Grizzly Gulch.

Editor's Note: Text taken from California Office of Historic Preservation Website. (Marker Number 631.)
 
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 35° 44.801′ N, 118° 55.564′ W. Marker was near Woody, California, in Kern County. Marker was on State Highway 155, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located 7.7 miles west of the town of Woody. Marker was in this post office area: Woody CA 93287, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Mountain House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Woody (approx. 5.9 miles away); Joseph Weringer, Sr. (approx. 6 miles away); Granite Station (approx. 9.9 miles away); "El Cojo" (approx. 10.1 miles away); Old Stage Road (approx. 10.1 miles away); Fountain Springs (approx. 10.1 miles away); Lynn’s Bull Road (approx. 11.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Woody.
 
Also see . . .
Garcés Baptismal Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price, May 2015
2. Garcés Baptismal Site Marker
 Exploring Kern County: County's First Explorer. A March 2009 article by KERO on Padre Francisco Garcés, which notes that the plaque for the Garcés Baptismal site is missing. (Submitted on May 28, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable PersonsNotable Places
 
Garcés Baptismal Site Roadside Directional Sign image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price, May 2015
3. Garcés Baptismal Site Roadside Directional Sign
Garcés Baptismal Site Roadside Directional Sign image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price, May 2015
4. Garcés Baptismal Site Roadside Directional Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of marker prior to going missing. • Correction of marker text if needed. • Can you help?
Paid Advertisement