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Historical Markers in Lebec, California
Lebec is in Kern County
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| The first and only "Camel Brigade" of the United States Army Commanded by Lt. Edward F. Beale 1857-1864 San Antonio, Texas to Fort Tejon, California — — Map (db m140695) HM|
|Jefferson Davis, “Father of National Highways,” as Secretary of War 1853-57 sponsored the importation of 33 camels for transporting military supplies to the west coast. The camel trail survey ran from San Antonio, Texas to Fort Tejon . . . — — Map (db m32823) HM|
| In 1772, Don Pedro Fages, leaving the first written record of explorations in the south San Joaquin Valley, passed this site, traveling from San Diego to San Luis Obispo via Cajón Pass, Mojave Desert, Hughes Lake, Antelope Valley, Tejón Pass, . . . — — Map (db m20132) HM|
|This military post was established by the United States Army on June 24, 1854, to suppress stock rustling and for the protection of Indians in the San Joaquin Valley. As regimental headquarters of the First Dragoons, Fort Tejón was an important . . . — — Map (db m117523) HM|
|This memorial plaque placed in memory of
Lieutenant Edward Fitzgerald Beale
First Superintendent of Indian
Affairs in California appointed
by President Millard Fillmore
Sanctioned by the United States
government the Tejon Indian . . . — — Map (db m147357) HM|
|Although little is known about Peter Lebec, it is believed that he was killed by a grizzly bear, and buried under this tree. His epitaph was originally carved into the tree. — — Map (db m11092) HM|
|Killed by a bear October 17, 1837.
In memory of a pioneer
of whom only conjecture can speak. — — Map (db m83563) HM|
|In 1856 the U.S. Army started an experiment using camel for supply transport in the southwest. The camels proved ill suited to the American southwest.
In November 1859 a civilian contractor turned over 28 camels to the Army at Fort Tejon. . . . — — Map (db m32821) HM|