Bakersfield, Kern, California, USA Bakersfield was settled in 1858 by a handful of families who had trekked northward through the El Tejon Pass seeking home sites rather than gold. The town was named by an early settler, Colonel Thomas Baker, who invited the weary travelers through the valley to rest overnight. These travelers would plan in advance to meet and rest in "Colonel Baker's field." Baker formally laid out the town in 1869, and within two years the city had a telegraph office, two stores, a newspaper, two boarding houses, one doctor, a wagon shop, a harness shop, one attorney, a saloon, and fifty school pupils. The Bakersfield Centennial Garden and Convention Center rests on part of the original Colonel Baker's field as well as the Centennial Plaza community park.
The City of Bakersfield was first incorporated in 1873, and in the same year, the County seat was moved from the booming little town of Havilah to Bakersfield. Three years later, the town decided to disincorporate. It was not until 1898 that the community incorporated again.www.bakersfieldcity.us/ administration/ mayor_council/ history.htm
1906 - SIX BURIED IN A TUNNEL. ENTOMBED IN KERN RIVER POWER CO.'S SHAFT. FOURTEEN SECTIONS COLLAPSED LIKE CARDS AND BODIES ARE FAR BEYOND REACH. Bakersfield, Dec. 7. - Six miners were entombed this morning by the caving of a shaft leading to the big steel pipe conduit which passes through a mountain 2000 feet at a high angle in the Kern river canyon, at Camp No. 1, of the Edison Power company plants, eighteen miles from this city. The...Read MORE...
1908 - adverstisment
The Bakersfield Californian Bakersfield, California June 29, 1908 Added: 6/24/2014 10:09:03 AM - 1 Updated: 6/24/2014 10:11:35 AM - 1
1910 - March 14 - Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere
1916 Bakersfield, a banking city, the capital of Kern co., Cal., on the Kern River and on the Southern Pacific and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rs., in a fine stock-raising and fruit-growing section, 300 miles SE. of San Francisco. It has oil-refineries, foundries, machine- and railroad-car shops,...Read MORE...
1928 - 2 CHILDREN BURN TO DEATH IN CAR. TWO WOMEN RECEIVE PROBABLY FATAL INJURIES WHEN AUTO EXPLODES. Bakersfield, Cal., April 12 (AP) - Two children burned to death and two women received probably fatal injuries when their automobile exploded at a service station east of here last night shortly after a lantern was placed near the gasoline tank of the car. Fire that followed the blast destroyed the ...Read MORE...
1929 - Man Chokes to Death on Cigar Butt Bakersfield, Cal. - Steven W. Marshall, 35, chief clerk of a petroleum securities company here, choked to death Sunday night on the butt of a cigar which he was chewing. While bending over a safe, he coughed heavily and fell to the floor gasping. He died a few minutes after reaching a hospital....Read MORE...
1952 - Bakersfield hit by earthquake, caused over $50 million in property damage
1952 - NEW QUAKE JARS SOUTHLAND, BAKERSFIELD LOSS IN MILLIONS. 2 DEAD, 32 HURT, BUSINESS AREA LEFT SHAMBLES. RESCUERS DIG INTO WRECKAGE, MORE TEMBLORS FEARED. Bakersfield, Calif. (UP) - Another earthquake rattled windows in Southern California today as Bakersfield dug out of the debris left by the bomblike earth shock that caused the deaths of two persons yesterday, injured at least 32, and made a shambles of the business district.
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