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"Ba'kersfield, a city, the capital of Kern co., Cal., on the Kern River, and on the Southern Pacific Railroad, in a fine stock-raising and fruit-growing section, 300 miles S.E. of San Francisco. It has 5 churches, 2 banks, 4 news paper offices, railroad-car-shops, planing- and flour-mills, and fruit-packing establishments. Pop. in 1890, 2626."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 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 wo...Read MORE...


  • 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

  • Bakersfield, California, USA
    Nineteenth Street
  • News 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 mou...Read MORE...


  • Bakersfield, California, USA
    The Bakersfield Californian
    Bakersfield, California
    June 29, 1908
  • 1910 - March 14 - Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere

    historyorb.com

  • Bakersfield, California, USA
    In The Oil Fields Near Bakersfield, California (1911)
  • 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., i...Read MORE...


  • Bakersfield, California, USA
    Kern Co. High School, Bakersfield, California. (1918)

    "Bakersfield High School (BHS) is a high school located in Bakersfield, California, United States.

    Institutional names and dates of operation:

    Kern County High School 1893–1915
    Kern... Read MORE...

  • News 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 ser...Read MORE...


  • News 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 wh...Read MORE...


  • Bakersfield, California, USA
    Kern County Court House

    "Bakersfield, Built 1912, Arch- Frederick Meyers, Contr- Frederick J. Amweg, Damaged by earthquake - 1952."
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  • 1952 - Bakersfield hit by earthquake, caused over $50 million in property damage

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ catimeln.htm

  • News 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 e...Read MORE...


  • News 1960 - March 14 - 14 die in a train crash in Bakersfield Calif

    historyorb.com
    March 14, 1960



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The Bakersfield Californian
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June 29, 1908

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In The Oil Fields Near Bakersfield, California (1911)

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Kern Co. High School, Bakersfield, California. (1918)

"Bakersfield High School (BHS) is a high school located in Bakersfield, California, United States.

Institutional names and dates of operation:

Kern County High School 1893–1915
Kern... Read MORE...

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Kern County Court House

"Bakersfield, Built 1912, Arch- Frederick Meyers, Contr- Frederick J. Amweg, Damaged by earthquake - 1952."
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  • 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 wo... Read MORE...

  • 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
  • News  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 mou... Read MORE...

  • 1910 - March 14 - Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere
    historyorb.com
  • 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., i... Read MORE...

  • News  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 ser... Read MORE...

  • News  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 wh... Read MORE...

  • 1952 - Bakersfield hit by earthquake, caused over $50 million in property damage
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ catimeln.htm
  • News  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 e... Read MORE...

  • News  1960 - March 14 - 14 die in a train crash in Bakersfield Calif
    historyorb.com
    March 14, 1960

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