California Historical Landmarks in Kern County
California Historical Landmark 371
Garcés Visit in 1776
350 East Bear Mountain Blvd
Padre Garcés, first recorded non-Indian to visit this locality, came in April of 1776, seeking a new route from Mexico to California. His epic journey covered more than two thousand miles of uncharted wilderness, opening trails that later became highways and railroads.
Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation