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

Garcés Baptismal Site

 
 
Garcés Baptismal Site Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 1974
1. Garcés Baptismal Site Marker
Inscription. Three miles north of this point was the site of the first recorded Christian baptism in the San Joaquin Valley. On May 3, 1776, Padre Francisco Garcés, earliest white man in this area, baptized an Indian boy whom he called “Muchachito” at a Yokuts rancheria in Grizzly Gulch.
 
Erected 1958 by Kern County Historical Society, Native Daughters of the Golden West, and Kern County Museum. (Marker Number 631.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 35° 44.801′ N, 118° 55.564′ W. Marker was near Woody, California, in Kern County. Marker was on State Highway 155, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located 7.7 miles west of the town of Woody. Marker was in this post office area: Woody CA 93287, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Mountain House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Woody (approx. 5.9 miles away); Joseph Weringer, Sr. (approx. 6 miles away); Granite Station (approx. 9.9 miles away); "El Cojo"
Garcés Baptismal Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price, May 2015
2. Garcés Baptismal Site Marker
(approx. 10.1 miles away); Old Stage Road (approx. 10.1 miles away); Fountain Springs (approx. 10.1 miles away); Lynn’s Bull Road (approx. 11.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woody.
 
Also see . . .  Exploring Kern County: County's First Explorer. A March 2009 article by KERO on Padre Francisco Garcés, which notes that the plaque for the Garcés Baptismal site is missing. (Submitted on May 28, 2015.) 
 
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Garcés Baptismal Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price, May 2015
3. Garcés Baptismal Site Marker
Garcés Baptismal Site Roadside Directional Sign image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price, May 2015
4. Garcés Baptismal Site Roadside Directional Sign
Garcés Baptismal Site Roadside Directional Sign image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price, May 2015
5. Garcés Baptismal Site Roadside Directional Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2015, by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 81 times this year. Last updated on February 27, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on February 27, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 28, 2015, by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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