Erected 1937 by Bakersfield Parlor No. 42 N.S.G.W., El Tejon Parlor No. 239 N.S.G.W., and Kern County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 99.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, the E Clampus Vitus, the National Historic Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
Location. 35° 39.769′ N, 118° 1.611′ W. Marker is in Onyx, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Isabella Walker Pass Road (State Highway 178 at milepost 79.8), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Onyx CA 93255, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker Indian Wells (approx. 8.7 miles away).
More about this marker. This site has been designated California Registered Historical Landmark No. 99.
This site was also designated a National Historic Landmark on July 4, 1961.
Statement of Significance:
Named for Joseph R. Walker, a fur trapper and guide. Native Americans showed the still remote pass to Walker in 1834, and he led the first immigrant wagon train into California through this pass in 1843.
Although the marker references El Tejon Parlor No. 239 NSGW, El Tejon 239 is a parlor of the Native Daughters of the Golden West (NDGW). How the ones who placed the plaque allowed this to stand is anyone's guess.
Regarding Walker's Pass. This location was plaqued as an E Clampus Vitus historical marker in October of 1963, but that specific marker is no longer there. The location of the 1963 marker can be seen in the 2011 photo, the white concrete spot on the right.
In 2012 E Clampus Vitus completely rebuilt and reset the base of the markers which had eroded away as can be seen in the 2011 and 2013 photos. They dedicated the latest granite and ceramic plaque, thus replacing the 1963 plaque at that time.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 926 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on November 11, 2020, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos: 1. submitted on August 27, 2015, by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California. 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 4. submitted on August 27, 2015, by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California. 5. submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 6. submitted on February 21, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. 7. submitted on December 31, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. 8. submitted on January 2, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. 9, 10. submitted on January 3, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. 11. submitted on January 2, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.