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

Onyx Store - 1880


 
 
Onyx Store - 1880
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By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
1. Onyx Store - 1880
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Inscription. William Scodie, born in 1827 in Prussia, originally
 moved to Keyesville in 1856 and opened an 
eating establishment. He relocated to this area in 1861 
operating a way-station from his house. Stocking his 
front room with supplies, he sold to locals as well
 as miners and freighters passing through to the 
Argus Mines in San Bernardino County.



This store, originally called the Scodie Store, 
was constructed in 1880 under the supervision of
 Captain Andress, a local rancher. In 1889, the name
 Onyx was chosen by Scodie after the Post Office
 Department declined to use the name Scodie due to
 its similarity to Scotia (in Humboldt County).



Scodie died in 1898, but the store he founded 
continues to serve residents and travelers alike.


 
Erected 1995 by 
Peter LeBeck Chapter #1866, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 35° 41.243′ N, 118° 14.178′ W. Marker is in Onyx, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Isabella Walker Pass Road (State Highway 178) west of Doyle Ranch Road, on the left
Onyx Store - 1880
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By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
2. Onyx Store - 1880
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when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23523 California 178, Onyx CA 93255, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kernville (approx. 11.4 miles away); Kernville Veterans Memorial (approx. 11 miles away); Bob Powers (approx. 11.7 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
1. Store "Establish" date is wrong
The Onyx Store is still in business today, but they are in error about their "Established in" date. Their signs all say "Established in 1851". Why is that in error? The original owner William Scodie didn't even come to the Kern River Valley until 1856, to this area (now called Onyx) in 1861, then ran the store and a stage stop from his home. This current store is the third building to house Scodie's original store, the previous stores either burned down or were intentionally moved. In 1880, this store was moved a few hundred feet so that it could be located along the new roadway (now called Hwy 178). Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted May 27, 2015, by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California.
Onyx Store and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
3. Onyx Store and Marker

 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
4. The Onyx Store
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By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
5. Onyx Store
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 580 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 22, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   2. submitted on December 31, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   3, 4. submitted on January 22, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   5. submitted on December 31, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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