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Near Mettler in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Fages-Zalvidea Trails

California Historical Landmark

 
 
Fages-Zalvidea Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 6, 2012
1. Fages-Zalvidea Trails Marker
Inscription.  In 1772, Don Pedro Fages, first recorded non-Indian to visit the southern San Joaquin Valley, crossed this spot on his way from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. Near this point crossed Father José María de Zalvidea in 1806, while accompanying the Ruiz expedition in search of mission sites.
 
Erected 1941 by Bakersfield Parlor No. 42 N.S.G.W., El Tejon Parlor No239 N.S.G.W., Kern Country Historical Society, Kern Country Chamber of Commerce, Department of Natural Resources, State of California. (Marker Number 291.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExplorationHispanic AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
 
Location. 35° 3.554′ N, 119° 3.995′ W. Marker is near Mettler, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Maricopa Highway (Highway 166), on the right when traveling west. 5.5 miles West of
Fages-Zalvidea Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 6, 2012
2. Fages-Zalvidea Trails Marker
With the water tanks in the background.
Mettler on Highway 166. Once you pass over Interstate 5, It is just to the left of some water tanks and in front of a young orchard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bakersfield CA 93313, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sinks of the Tejon (approx. 8.9 miles away); Sebastian Indian Reservation (approx. 11.1 miles away); Rose Station (approx. 11.1 miles away); Fort Tejon (approx. 16.1 miles away); Peter Lebec (approx. 16.1 miles away); The First and Only "Camel Brigade" of the United States Army (approx. 16.1 miles away); Peter Lebeck (approx. 16.1 miles away); The Camels of Fort Tejon (approx. 16.1 miles away).
 
Fages-Zalvidea Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 6, 2012
3. Fages-Zalvidea Trails Marker
Orchard image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 6, 2012
4. Orchard
Survey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 6, 2012
5. Survey Marker
Located right next to the marker.
Fages-Zalvidea Trails Marker at sunset image. Click for full size.
May 22, 2011
6. Fages-Zalvidea Trails Marker at sunset
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 10, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   6. submitted on April 12, 2012. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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