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The Cowboy Memorial and Library - Caliente
The Cowboy Memorial and Library

This is a wonderful humble memorial, a wonderful peace of history being kept alive by Paul de Fonville the creator who wants to share as an educational tool for others to know what the cowboy life was like. He is a former cowboy and champion rodeo performer that has gone through great lengths to share what a hard and simple life it was and is to be a cowboy/rancher. So please check it out. Lots of wonderful exhibits to see.

I cannot say enough about this wonderful man! Very kind, gentle, knowledgeable, and so sincere. He is keeping a dream alive and helping educate everyone what really started the west and what "saved" the west. You must make some time if you are in the area!


Open 6 days weekly, all seasons.
Hours: 10:00 A.M. till 5:00 P.M., Tuesday through Sunday
Entrance Fee:
Adults $8.00
Children $4.00

Address: 40371 Cowboy Lane, Walker Basin Road

Directions: North on I-5 to HWY 14 north to Highway 58 North, exit at the historical marker signs and take the Bealeville Road down to Caliente, then east over the railroad tracks on Caliente-Bodfish Road. At the "Y", bear right on Caliente Creek Road.

Phone: 661/867-2410

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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History Marker for Lucy - Caliente
History Marker for Lucy

This wonderful marker reads: In memory of Lucy, a Native American, raised by the family of Lavinia Lightner Rankin, married Francisco Robles about 1874. Erected in 1987 by the Kern Valley Indian Community.

Directions: From Hwy 58, turn on Bodfish Rd. Approx 2½ miles past the post office you will come to a “Y” in the road. Go LEFT up the hill. Rankin Ranch is 9 miles from the “Y”. It will take approximately 30 minutes from the “Y”, near the Rankin Ranch entrance.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 25, 2010
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Point of Historical Interest Walker Basin Marker#2 - Caliente
Point of Historical Interest Walker Basin Marker#2

The plaque reads: Walker Basin was on the stagecoach route from Caliente to Keyesville. The western confederates were here during and after the Civil War 1861 to 1867. Abia T Lightner came to the basin in 1858 and took up farming and raising cattle. In 1864, where this monument stands, Daniel Walsher bought the property from Hamp Williams, which was the "First Deed of Record" in the basin. Long before its discovery the beautiful basin was populated by Piute Indians of Great Basin Orgins.

Located just to the left as you enter the Cowboy Memorial entrace.

Address: 40371 Cowboy Lane, Walker Basin Road

Directions: North on I-5 to HWY 14 north to Highway 58 North, exit at the historical marker signs and take the Bealeville Road down to Caliente, then east over the railroad tracks on Caliente-Bodfish Road. At the "Y", bear right on Caliente Creek Road.

Phone: 661/867-2410

Website: http://www.cowboymemorial.org

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 17, 2009
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Walker Basin 009 Historical Interest Marker - Caliente
Walker Basin 009 Historical Interest Marker

The plaque reads: Originally called "The Park" due to its characteristics, the area, according to the present day historical experts, was named Walker's Basin. Sometimes in the 1860's after George Walker, its first settler, early history books indicate. However, that the area was named after Joseph Reddefford Walker, early explorer and trapper, who came into present day Kern County in 1834 as part of the Bonneville Expedition into the Rocky Mountains.

Located in front of the Cowboy Memorial.

Address: 40371 Cowboy Lane, Walker Basin Road

Directions: North on I-5 to HWY 14 north to Highway 58 North, exit at the historical marker signs and take the Bealeville Road down to Caliente, then east over the railroad tracks on Caliente-Bodfish Road. At the "Y", bear right on Caliente Creek Road.

Phone: 661/867-2410

Website: http://www.CowboyMemorial.org

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 17, 2009
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Historical Marker No.757 - Caliente
Historical Marker No.757

This marker is about 2 miles from the Highway 58. You can miss it easily. It is just to the left of the Post Office and the marker actually faces inward so you will mistaken it for some regular rock, but it's not. It was the darnest thing because some how I just knew it was out of place.

Caliente, Ca Historical Marker No.757

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 11, 2007
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