Garces Memorial Circle

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Garces Memorial Circle
Sculpture of Padre Francisco Garces in Garces Circle
Location Bakersfield, California
Coordinates 35°23′13″N 119°01′08″W / 35.387°N 119.019°W / 35.387; -119.019Coordinates: 35°23′13″N 119°01′08″W / 35.387°N 119.019°W / 35.387; -119.019
Built 1932
Governing body City of Bakersfield
Designated October 21, 1937
Reference no. 277

Garces Memorial Traffic Circle, informally known as Garces Circle or just The Circle, is the only traffic circle in Bakersfield, California. The traffic circle is located at the intersection of Chester Avenue, Golden State Avenue (State Route 204) and 30th St in Bakersfield. The Circle was originally built as a part US 99 in approximately 1932. A large 1939 sculpture of Father Francisco Garces by John Palo-Kangas rests inside the circle.

The Garces Memorial Traffic Circle has a near twin in the 1930 Long Beach Traffic Circle located in Long Beach.


  • [1] Historical Tour of US 99 - The Golden State Highway
  • [2] Father Garces Audio Slideshow - Bakersfield Californian