Onyx in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Erected 1937 by Bakersfield Parlor No. 42 N.S.G.W., El Tejon Parlor No. 239 N.S.G.W., and Kern County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 99.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, the National Historic Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 35° 39.769′ N, 118° 1.611′ W. Marker is in Onyx, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Isabella Walker Pass Road (State Highway 178 at milepost 79.8), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Onyx CA 93255, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Freeman Junction (was approx. 7.9 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Indian Wells (approx. 8.7 miles away).
More about this marker. This site has been designated California Registered Historical Landmark
This site was also designated a National Historic Landmark on July 4, 1961.
Statement of Significance:
Named for Joseph R. Walker, a fur trapper and guide. Native Americans showed the still remote pass to Walker in 1834, and he led the first immigrant wagon train into California through this pass in 1843.
Regarding Walker's Pass. This location was plaqued as an E Clampus Vitus historical marker in October of 1963, but that specific marker is no longer there. The location of the 1963 marker can be seen in the 2011 photo, the white concrete spot on the right.
In 2012 E Clampus Vitus completely rebuilt and reset the base of the markers which had eroded away as can be seen in the 2011 and 2013 photos. They dedicated the latest granite and ceramic plaque, thus replacing the 1963 plaque at that time.
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