Place Where Francisci Garces Crossed the Kern River

California State Historic Landmark 278

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#278 Rio de San Felipe
One mile north of here on May 1, 1776, Francisco Garces of the Franciscan Order, crossed Kern River in his search for a shorter route from Sonora, Mexico, to Monterey, California. He was the first known explorer to describe this river, which he named Rio de San Felipe.

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Hwy 178 (PM 10.9) at Rancheria Rd, 11.0 mi E of Bakersfield.

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