California Historical Landmarks in Kern County
California Historical Landmark 277
Chester Avenue and 30th Street
Padre Garcés seeking a new route between Sonora Mexico and Monterey crossed Rio de San Felipe (Kern River May 7, 1776) at Rancheria San Miguel now Bakersfield. First recorded white man in this locality. He brought Christianity to the Indian and on Rio Colorado his brave life was crowned with martyrdom.
Greater love hath no man than this - that a man lay down his life for hid friends.