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

Walker's Pass

 
 
Walker's Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price
1. Walker's Pass Marker
Inscription. Discovered by Joseph R. Walker, American trail-blazer who left the San Joaquin Valley through this pass in 1834. This area was traversed by topographer Edward M. Kern, after whom the Kern River was named, while accompanying the Fremont expedition of 1845. After 1860 it became a mining freight route to Owens Valley.
 
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 (approx. 7.9 miles away); Indian Wells (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This site has been designated California Registered Historical Landmark No. 99.
This site was also designated
Walker's Pass Markers image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, December 4, 2011
2. Walker's Pass Markers
The missing E Clampus Vitus marker site is seen on the far right.
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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Walker's Pass image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, December 4, 2011
3. Walker's Pass
Walker's Pass National Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price
4. Walker's Pass National Historic Landmark Plaque
has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark

under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935.
This site possesses exceptional value
in understanding and illustrating the history of the United States.

U.S. Department of the Interior National Parks Service
1963
Joseph R. Walker image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
5. Joseph R. Walker
Walker's Pass Marker 99 image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, September 23, 2006
6. Walker's Pass Marker 99
This small plaque hangs in the Kern County Court House Museum in Havilah, California. The plaque dates from the 1930's when Keyesville became Historical Landmark number 98, Walker's Pass Historical Landmark number 99, and Havilah number 100.
Joseph Rutherford Walker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 31, 2013
7. Joseph Rutherford Walker Marker
Dedicated to the Memory of Joseph Rutherford Walker 1798-1876 Who discovered this pass over the Sierra Nevada Mountains between the Great Basin and the Interior of California in 1834. Disignated a National Historic Landmark --July 4, 1961 Presented by The Peter Lebeck and Platrix Chapters of E Clampus Vitus First Dedicated October 19, 1963 Restored April 29. 2012
Repaired Walker's Pass Base and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 18, 2013
8. Repaired Walker's Pass Base and Marker
Members of E Clampus Vitus came together in 2012 to completely rebuild the base for the marker prior to installing the ceramic granite marker seen on the right.
3rd Walker's Pass Marker, Since Replaced image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1963
9. 3rd Walker's Pass Marker, Since Replaced
This brass marker was dedicated in 1963, but was vandalized and destroyed around 40 years later. A new granite and ceramic marker with John Walker's picture on it now takes its place
View of the 3 Original Walker's Pass Markers image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa unknown
10. View of the 3 Original Walker's Pass Markers
All 3 original markers as the looked from 1963 to the 1990's when the base started falling apart. The marker on the right was vandalized around 2003 and replaced with a granite marker in 2012.
Local historians gather to visit the 3 markers in July, 2013 image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 18, 2013
11. Local historians gather to visit the 3 markers in July, 2013
On a trip that followed the path of Joseph Walker through Kern County, a group of historians pause at the 3 markers erected in his honor.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 679 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on January 2, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. Photos:   1. submitted on August 27, 2015, by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California.   2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on August 27, 2015, by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California.   5. submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   6. submitted on February 21, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   7. submitted on December 31, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   8. submitted on January 2, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   9, 10. submitted on January 3, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   11. submitted on January 2, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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