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Home of Elisha Stevens

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 17, 2011
1. Home of Elisha Stevens Marker
Inscription.  Near this spot stood the last home of Elisha Stevens, noted American pathfinder and scout. Born in Georgia April 5, 1804, he learned blacksmithing during his youth. Drifting west he became a trapper on the Upper Missouri for more than two decades. In 1844 he led the 50-member Murphy-Townsend wagon train safely from Council Bluffs to Sutter’s Fort. During the Mexican War he served as an ordnance mechanic under Commodore Stockton. For a time he lived in Santa Clara County, then settled here on a 38-acre tract, the first permanent settler in the Bakersfield District. He died September 9, 1887 and is buried in Union Cemetery.
 
Erected 1964 by California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Kern County Historical Society, El Tejon Parlor No. 239, N.D.G.W., Bakersfield Parlor No. 42, N.S.G.W. and Kern County Museum. (Marker Number 732.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationSettlements & SettlersWar, Mexican-American
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 17, 2011
2. Home of Elisha Stevens Marker
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. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 5, 1885.
 
Location. 35° 23.838′ N, 119° 0.354′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of West Columbus Street and Ilsa Verde Street, on the right when traveling west on West Columbus Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 West Columbus Street, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jewett Family (approx. ¾ mile away); Beale Memorial Clock Tower (approx. 0.8 miles away); Kern County Chamber of Commerce (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bungalow (approx. 0.8 miles away); Howell House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Adobe House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lόpez-Hill House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Standard School (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Regarding Home of Elisha Stevens. Elisha Stevens last name is correctly spelled Stephens.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Stephens – Townsend – Murphy Party of 1844 marker in near Donner Lake
 
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3. Elisha Stephens
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 1,227 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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