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Beale Clock Tower

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Anyone who has been by the Kern County Museum has undoubtedly seen the great, temporal monument erected out front. But what may not be as evident as its presence is the origin of this local structure and the resistance it received when initially being placed...

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Union Avenue Plunge

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Modern-day Bakersfield has spray parks and the multi-acre McMurtry Aquatic Complex for cooling off and beating the summer heat. But according to local historian Gilbert Gia, back in the day, local citizens had a massive 100 by 300 foot pool called the Union Avenue Plunge...

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99 Drive-in Theatre c.1949

Written by Bakersfield magazine

Where are those of us who can remember Bakersfield’s simpler times well: times when everything was “Mom and Pop.” One such person is resident William Lewis, who not only grew up during the heydays of the drive-in movie theater, but got a unique understanding of some of these outdoor attractions, as well...

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Kern County High School c.1880s

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

There are certain parts of Bakersfield that carry lesser-known histories that borderline on the macabre and curious. Some bear mysteries that have yet to be solved while others were laid to rest years ago...

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Motorcycle Hill Climb c.1923

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Overlooking a veritable sea of oil derricks, the hills of Bakersfield were once the holding place of some incredible endurance tests. At least, they were when it came to motorcycle racing—an activity that was engaged in a few times a year in decades past. Some of these famous “hill climbs,” however, were more extreme—and far more exciting—than others...

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First National Bank of Bakersfield c.1920

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

For well over a century, Kern County has been known as a black goldmine. In our earliest days of drilling, oil made more than just a few people rich—it made our entire community rich in a myriad of ways...

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Bakersfield Inn c.1949

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

While the United States was facing a Great Depression, two brothers set out to start something great; something of their own. Brothers Oscar and C.L. Tomerlin began building the Bakersfield Inn on the west side of Union Avenue...

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Kern County Fair c.1929

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

The Kern County Fair is known far and wide for representing the time of year where you can eat deep fried anything in abundance, watch a rodeo, purchase countless locally made wares, see livestock, and have your picture taken with a camel...

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Kern River Wier c.1890

Written by Bakersfield Magazine


During the late 1800’s in our lovely county, the Kern River was the place to be when the summers became too hot to bear. Not only was it a cool spot for swimming (clothing optional), but it was a mecca for fishing—a tradition that is still upheld today. However, the river wasn’t always stocked with enough fish to draw countless fisherman to its banks.

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Kern County Jail c.1914

Written by Bakersfield Magazine


All throughout our city, we are surrounded by historic buildings and statues which bring character, charm, and serve as reminders of the incredible past Bakersfield possesses. Colonel Baker sits forever focused in front of City Hall while Father Garces tirelessly keeps watch over the Garces Circle...

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