Lake Isabella in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Campsite of Edward Kern
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: Exploration • Landmarks • Notable 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 Kern CountyTouch 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 California 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. Civil War St. Louis website entry (Submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
3. The Kern River Valley: Colorful Valley History. Southern Sierra properties website entry. (Submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
Joseph Reddeford Walker 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.
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