Walker Basin in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The founder of Rankin Ranch, Walker Rankin was 22 when he left Pennsylvania in 1854 for the California "Gold Rush." He founded Rankin Ranch in 1863 and married Lavinia Lightner, whose family had settled in the basin in 1858. The Rankin home and barns, which are still in use today, were built in the mid 1870's. From that time to the turn of the century Rankin Ranch was a "Stage Stop" for the overland mail and travelers enroute from Caliente to Havilah and Kernville.
The Rankin family is proud to continue this longtime ranching tradition. We dedicate this plaque to the Rankin family, which is celebrating 150 years of ranching in Walker Basin.
Erected 2013 by Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866, E Clampus Vitus.
Location. 35° 23.015′ N, 118° 33.288′ W. Marker is in Walker Basin, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of Caliente-Bodfish Road (County Road 483) and Walker Basin Road, on the left when traveling south on Caliente-Bodfish Road. Touch for map. Marker is built in a dirt triangle at the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5723 County Road 483, Caliente CA 93518, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Dedicated to Little Lucy and the Lightners (here, next to this marker); Walker Basin (approx. 4.9 miles away); a different marker also named Walker Basin (approx. 4.9 miles away); Caliente (approx. 7.6 miles away); Bealeville (approx. 8.7 miles away); First Catholic Church and Cemetery in Kern County (approx. 9.3 miles away); Stage Robbery! (approx. 9.6 miles away); Havilah (approx. 9.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is next to 2 previous brass markers erected to the memory of "Little Lucy", a local Native American raised by the Lightner family in Walker Basin.
Also see . . . Rankin Ranch official web page. (Submitted on January 3, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.)
Additional keywords. Clampers Lightner Walker Rankin ECV
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 303 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on May 28, 2015, by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California. 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 3, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.