“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)

Rio de San Felipe

California Historical Landmark

Rio de San Felipe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
1. Rio de San Felipe Marker
Inscription.  One mile north of here on May 1, 1776, Francisco Garces of the Franciscan Order, crossed Kern River in his search for a shorter route from Sonora, Mexico to Monterey, California. He was the first known explorer to describe this river, which he named Rio de San Felipe.
May 1, 1938

Bakersfield Parlor No.42 N.S.G.W., El Tejon Parlor No.239 N.D.G.W., Kern County Historical Society, Kern County Chamber of Commerce

Department of Natural Resources Reg. No.278
State of California

Erected 1938 by Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West, Kern County Historical Society and Kern County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 278.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionExplorationLandmarks. 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 May 1725.
Location. 35° 24.971′ N, 118° 49.994′ 
Rio de San Felipe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
2. Rio de San Felipe Marker
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W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Kern Canyon Road (State Highway 178), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bakersfield CA 93306, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kern County Veterans (approx. 4½ miles away); Discovery Well (approx. 6.9 miles away); Ethel's Old Corral (approx. 7 miles away); Gordons Ferry (approx. 7.6 miles away); Don José Jesús (J. J.) Lopez (approx. 9.8 miles away); Eternal Flame (approx. 9.8 miles away); Home of Elisha Stevens (approx. 9.8 miles away); Pablo Galtes - Union Cemetery (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
Regarding Rio de San Felipe. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.278 on October 21, 1937.

Also see . . .  Kern’s First Residents. A short description of the Native Americans located in what later became Kern County. Scroll down to “Mission Accomplished” for information on Padre Garces. (Submitted on November 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 
Francisco Garces Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
3. Francisco Garces Monument
This monument to Francisco Garces (California Registered Historical Landmark No.277) is located in the traffic circle at the intersection of Chester Avenue and 30th Street in Bakersfield. The statue is currently being protected due to road construction currently taking place. Marker at this site reads:
Francisco Garces
1738 – 1781

Spanish Franciscan
Padre Garces seeking a new route between Sonora, Mexico and Monterey crossed Rio de San Felipe (Kern River May 7, 1776) at Rancheria San Miguel now Bakersfield. First recorded white man in this locality, he brought Christianity to the Indian and on Rio Colorado his brave life was crowned with martyrdom.
“Greater love hath no
man than this – That a man
lay down his life for his friends.”
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,536 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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