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

Old Isabella

 
 
Old Isabella Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
1. Old Isabella Marker
Inscription. Located to the northwest of here, Isabella, a ranching and mining town, was named by Steven Barton in 1893, after Queen Isabella of Spain, Patron of Christopher Columbus. A post office was established here in 1896. In 1953 the community was moved a short distance south to the present location.
 
Erected 1980 by Kern County Museum, Kern River Valley Historical Society and E. Clampus Vitus Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 35° 38.975′ N, 118° 27.494′ W. Marker is in Lake Isabella, California, in Kern County. Marker is on State Highway 178, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the entrance to Old IsabelIa Road Recreation Area, on State Highway 178, 2 miles north of the town of Lake IsabelIa. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10716 California 178, Lake Isabella CA 93240, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Campsite of Edward Kern (here, next to this marker); USS Arizona (approx. 3.2 miles away); Silver City Ghost Town (approx. 4 miles away); Kernville Veterans Memorial
Old Isabella Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
2. Old Isabella Marker
This marker is the small lower marker. The larger upper marker is the State Historical Landmark plaque for the Campsite of Edward Kern - See Nearby Marker.
(approx. 5 miles away); Kernville (approx. 5 miles away); Bob Powers (approx. 7.5 miles away); Havilah (approx. 9.7 miles away); Stage Robbery! (approx. 9.7 miles away).
 
Regarding Old Isabella. Isabella is a former settlement that was located 4.5 miles north-northeast of Bodfish at an elevation of 2516 feet. The town was relocated prior to the building of Isabella Dam on the Kern River. The area is now inundated by Lake Isabella.
The new town is known as a gathering place for boaters, anglers and hunters and on the day that this marker was documented, the main streets of Lake Isabella were closed off due to their annual holiday parade.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historical Tour of State Route 178. This tour takes a viewer on a trip along the highway with descriptions and photos. (Submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Wikipedia Article on Isabella Dam. (Submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Lake Isabella image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
3. Lake Isabella
This view seen from the marker shows a very low water level of Lake Isabella.
View of Lake Isabella image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
4. View of Lake Isabella
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,443 times since then and 47 times this year. Last updated on September 4, 2014, by Michael Ballard of San Diego, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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