NO. 278 PLACE WHERE FRANCISCO GARCÉS CROSSED THE KERN RIVER - 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.
NW corner of State Hwy 178 (P.M. 10.9) at Rancheria Rd, 11.0 mi E of Bakersfield (.1 mi south of Rancheria)
NO. 278 PLACE WHERE FRANCISCO GARCÉS CROSSED THE KERN RIVER, Marker