California Historical Landmarks in Kern County

California Historical Landmark 278
Garcés Crossing
SR 178 at Rancheria Road

Garcés Crossing

On May 1, 1776, Franciscan friar Francisco Garcés crossed the Kern River one mile north of here. Searching for a shorter route from Sonora, Mexico to Monterey, California, he was the first known explorer to describe this river, which he named Río de San Felipe.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

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