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
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.
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.
23500 Walkers Basin Road, Caliente, California, 93518, United States
Good for: Couples
Caution! Since your entering real back woods country, you need to beware of the locals cattle strolling around. Many ranches do have fencing and cattle crossing along the road, yet many of the cattle still roam freely. They walk along and lay even right in the middle of road sometimes. They very from size to size, so keep that in mind. You don't want to be playing chicken with a full grown bull and we saw many of them. They also leave dropping in the road which can make it slippery for a biker or even a vehicle. The roads are prone to flooding since it is right along a creek and you will see the areas they are since concrete graces those spots. The road is curvey and not marked with warnings, so take it easy and enjoy seeing even a deer or two along the way.
Being a biker, me and hubby love to cruise the local communities for their beauty and relaxation. So Caliente provides this for many who like to check out the country. Many end of moving here and commuting to work everyday so their families get to enjoy the country life. Yet, you have to NOT take this road for granite. It's very curvey and the locals do drive it a little too fast, so be on your guard. It does have areas that do flood out depending on which way you go. 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 left! This will take you towards the top to the valley. A great ride, but take it slow!