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Name: Garces Baptismal Site
Site Number: #631
Date Visited: 02/14/2016
Other Designation: None
Plaque Status: Private Plaque
Location: 15 Garces Hwy, Woody, CA 93287
Coordinates35.7466189,-118.9260969
Website: N/A

Description: Three miles north of this point was the site of the first recorded Christian baptism in the San Joaquin Valley. On May 23, 1776, Padre Francisco Garcés, earliest non-Indian in this area, baptized an Indian boy whom he called Muchachito at a Yokuts Rancheria in Grizzly Gulch.