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Kern Peak (11,500 ft.)
Named by USGS in 1907
Thus are false conclusions drawn. 'Po-sun-co-la' actually was given in August 1806 by Padre Zalvidea. 'The river we called La Porciuncula, from the Saint's day of Los Angeles Pueblo, the 2d of August, as it was discovered by us on that day, and our chaplain, the Rev. Father Jose Maria Zalvides [Zalvidea] ... celebrated solemn high mass with the best material and assistance we poor sinners of soldiers could give him.' (A reminiscent account by an old soldier, son of Raymundo Carillo, San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin, June 5, 1865.)
The river was first called Rio de San Felipe by Garces when he came upon it in May 1, 1776, a river 'whose waters, crystalline, bountiful, and palatable, flowed on a course from the east through a straitened channel.' (Garces, vol. 1, 281.)
Kern Lake and Little Kern Lake were created by a landslide in the winter
of 1867-68. (W. F. Dean, MWCJ 1, no. 1, May 1902: 14.) All the
'Kern' names, including 'Little Kern River' and 'South Fork Kern River,'
were on the first editions of the Olancha
and Mt. Whitney 30' maps, 1907, except
'Kern Hot Springs' which appeared in 1927."
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada
For more information see these SummitPost pages: Kern Peak
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