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Lake Isabella in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Campsite of Edward Kern

 
 
Campsite of Edward Kern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
1. Campsite of Edward Kern Marker
Inscription.  Near this spot at the confluence of the north and south forks of the Kern River the Theodore Talbot Party of Captain John C. Fremont’s third expedition to the West camped for several weeks during December 1845 and January 1846. The river was named by Fremont in honor of Edward M. Kern, Topographer for the expedition. Kern County was established in 1866 and derived its name from that of the river.
California Registered Historical Landmark No.742

 
Erected 1962 by California State Park Commission, Kern County Historical Society. El Tejon Parlor No.239 Native Daughters of the Golden West and the Kern County Museum. (Marker Number 742.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationLandmarksNotable Places. 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 January 1846.
 
Location. 35° 38.975′ N, 118° 27.494′ W. Marker is in Lake Isabella, California, in
Campsite of Edward Kern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
2. Campsite of Edward Kern Marker
The small lower plaque located below the marker is the Old Isabella marker – See Nearby Marker.
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Kern County. Marker is on California Route 178, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located at the entrance to Old IsabelIa Road Recreation Area, 2 miles north of the town of Lake IsabelIa. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10716 California 178, Lake Isabella CA 93240, 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. Old Isabella (here, next to this marker); USS Arizona (approx. 3.2 miles away); Keyesville (approx. 3.4 miles away); Silver City Ghost Town (approx. 4 miles away); Kernville Veterans Memorial (approx. 5 miles away); Kernville (approx. 5 miles away); Bob Powers (approx. 7˝ miles away); Havilah (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Isabella.
 
Regarding Campsite of Edward Kern. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 742 on July 5, 1960.
 
Also see . . .
1. James Theodore Talbot. A very detailed account of the life of James Talbot. (Submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 

2. John C. Fremont. A biography of Captain John C. Fremont. (Submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 

3. Kern Valley History. (Submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. Walker Pass
Joseph Reddeford Walker
Old Isabella Road Recreation Area Sign image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
3. Old Isabella Road Recreation Area Sign
This sign is located near the marker.
was a trapper, explorer, frontier sheriff and Indian fighter. He was the discoverer of Walker Pass is 1834 while returning from a trapping trip to California.

In 1845, he guided the John C. Fremont’s third expedition through Walker Pass and what was later named the Kern River Canyon. The two men parted ways over a bitter disagreement. Fremont refused to go along with Walker to battle with the Mexican troops mobilized to drive the American explorers out of the Salinas Valley in Central California.
    — Submitted December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
 
Campsite of Edward Kern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
4. Campsite of Edward Kern Marker
Edward Kern image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
5. Edward Kern
This photo of Edward Kern is displayed on The Kern County Begins marker located at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,544 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   5. submitted on December 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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