Arvin in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Francisco Garces O.F.M
Erected by Kern County Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Historical Society, Bakersfield El Tajon, Parlor No. 239 N.D.G.W, Bakersfield Parlor No.42 N.S.G.W. (Marker Number 371.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Exploration • Hispanic Americans. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1776.
Location. 35° 12.516′ N, 118° 49.275′ W. Marker is in Arvin, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Bear Mountain Boulevard. Marker is located in the Courtyard of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 350 E Bear Mountain Blvd, Arvin CA 93203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Arvins Veterans (approx. 0.7 miles away); Arvin-Sierra Glider Port (approx. 8.9 miles away); Bakersfield National Cemetery (approx. 9.1 miles away); Kern River Slough (approx. 9.3 miles away); Sinks of the Tejon (approx. 9.6 miles away); Bealville (approx. 11.9 miles away); Caliente (approx. 12.4 miles away); Pablo Galtes - Union Cemetery (approx. 14½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arvin.
More about this marker. This site was designated California Historical Landmark No. 371
Regarding Francisco Garces O.F.M. Padre Francis Tomás Hermenogildo Garcés also founded Mission La Purisima Concepción de la Virgén Santisima, located near where the Gila River meets the Colorado River in Arizona.
As there was no protection from a manned Presidio and the Quechan Indians were upset because promises made by de Anza were not kept and they resented the appropriation of their crops and fields by settlers and soldiers, the Missions did not last long. The straw that broke the camel's back (so to speak) was a large group of colonists with some 1,000 head of cattle who arrived in 1781. While these colonists were heading for Los Angeles, the Indians thought they had come to settle and attacked on 18 July
Source: Virtual Tour of California Missions – Two Forgotten Missions
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