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

Francisco Garces O.F.M

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, March 15, 2006
1. Francisco Garces O.F.M Marker
Inscription. Padre Garcés, first recorded non-Indian to visit this locality, came in April of 1776, seeking a new route from Mexico to California. His epic journey covered more than two thousand miles of uncharted wilderness, opening trails that later became highways and railroads.
 
Erected by Kern County Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Historical Society, Bakersfield El Tajon, Parlor No. 239 N.D.G.W, Bakersfield Parlor No.42 N.S.G.W. (Marker Number 371.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 35° 12.516′ N, 118° 49.275′ W. Marker is in Arvin, California, in Kern County. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Courtyard of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 350 E Bear Mountain Boulevard, Arvin CA 93203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arvins Veterans (approx. 0.7 miles away); Point On The Jedediah Smith Trail (was approx. 8.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Arvin-Sierra Glider Port (approx. 8.9 miles away); Bakersfield National Cemetery
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By Syd Whittle, March 15, 2006
2. Francisco Garces O.F.M Marker
(approx. 9.1 miles away); Kern River Slough (approx. 9.3 miles away); Sinks of the Tejon (approx. 9.6 miles away); Bealeville (approx. 11.9 miles away); Caliente (approx. 12.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arvin.
 
More about this marker. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.371
 
Regarding Francisco Garces O.F.M. Padre Francis Tomás Hermenogildo Garcés also founded Mission La Purisima Concepción de la Virgén Santisima, located near where the Gila River meets the Colorado River in Arizona.

As there was no protection from a manned Presidio and the Quechan Indians were upset because promises made by de Anza were not kept and they resented the appropriation of their crops and fields by settlers and soldiers, the Missions did not last long. The straw that broke the camel's back (so to speak) was a large group of colonists with some 1,000 head of cattle who arrived in 1781. While these colonists were heading for Los Angeles, the Indians thought they had come to settle and attacked on 18 July of that year. Chief Palma, a known friend
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By Syd Whittle, March 15, 2006
3. Francisco Garces O.F.M Marker
of the padres and chief of the village closest to La Purisima, did not take part in the raid and arranged for a search for his friend Padre Garcés. Sadly, he gave the task to a member of the Nefora tribe which did not have as good a relationship with the padres. When Padre Garcés and his associates were found, this Indian ordered that they be killed. Thus, on 19 July 1781 Padres Francis Tomás Hermenogildo Garcés, Juan Antonio Barreneche, Juan Diaz and Matias Moreno became martyrs. The Indians also killed Captain Don Fernando Rivera and most other males at the two missions. All-in-all, more than 100 Hispanic settlers were killed, and 74 were held captive until ransomed by Governor Pedro Fages in 1782.

Source: Virtual Tour of California Missions – Two Forgotten Missions
 
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By Mia Kostouros, June 28, 2014
4. Francisco Garces O.F.M Marker
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By Denise Boose, September 5, 2011
5. Francisco Garces O.F.M Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,117 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on July 19, 2014, by Mia Kostouros of Los Banos, California.   5. submitted on January 15, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.
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