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

Freeman Junction

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, December 4, 2011
1. Freeman Junction Marker
Inscription. In 1834 explorer Joseph R. Walker passed this junction of Indian trails after discovering nearby Walker Pass. Death Valley 49er parties here diverged west and south after their escape from Death Valley enroute to the California gold fields. Later this became a junction point where the bandit Tiburcio Vasquez preyed on stages and freighters traveling between the Kern River mines and Los Angeles and the mines of Bodie and the Panamints.
 
Erected 1961 by California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Death Valley 49ers, Inc. and the Kern County Historical Society. (Marker Number 766.)
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 35° 36.124′ N, 117° 54.433′ W. Marker was in Inyokern, California, in Kern County. Marker was on Isabella Walker Pass Road (State Highway 178 at milepost 88), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Inyokern CA 93527, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Indian Wells (approx. 5 miles away); "Siding 16" (approx. 6.2 miles away); Walker's Pass (approx. 7.9
Freeman Junction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, December 4, 2011
2. Freeman Junction Marker
miles away); William Henry "Burro" Schmidt (approx. 13.4 miles away); Garlock (approx. 15.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. California Registered Historical Landmark No. 766
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
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By Michael Kindig, December 4, 2011
3. Freeman Junction
Freeman Junction Historical Talk image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 18, 2013
4. Freeman Junction Historical Talk
Historian Mark Hall-Patton of the Clark County, Nevada Museum gives a talk on Freeman Junction and the route of John Walker during a history trip tracing Walker's route in July of 2013.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 672 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on January 3, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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