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Bakersfield, California, USA

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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



Bakersfield, California, USA - The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield, California
June 29, 1908
Bakersfield, California, USA

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield, California
June 29, 1908
Bakersfield, California, USA - In The Oil Fields Near Bakersfield, California (1911)
Bakersfield, California, USA

In The Oil Fields Near Bakersfield, California (1911)
Bakersfield, California, USA - Kern Co. High School, Bakersfield, California. (1918)
Bakersfield, California, USA

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

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Bakersfield, California, USA - Kern County Court House
Bakersfield, California, USA

Kern County Court House

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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...Read MORE...

1910 - March 14 - Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere

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1916
Bakersfield, a banking city, the capital of Kern co., Cal., on the Kern River and on the Southern...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...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,...Read MORE...

1952 - Bakersfield hit by earthquake, caused over $50 million in property damage

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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...Read MORE...

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

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