First Presbyterian Church (George Rible) 1913
The original cornerstones from the 1913 structure remains in the building after it was renovation in 1955 due to the 1952 earthquake. Church’s roots trace back to 1889.
Located on 1705 H Street, Bakersfield, Ca
Exit from Hwy 58 onto Chester Ave head north and turn left onto H Street.
Built in 1928 (Designed John M. Cooper). Mixture of architectural styles, predominantly Spanish Colonial Revival Hotel orginally constructed with 198 guest rooms.
Presently ongoing, this beautiful structure is getting a second life. It is being remodeled for future use as a first class apartment living.
Located on 1813 H Street
Get off of Highway 58 onto Chester Ave and make a left onto 18th street and its on the corner of H st. and 18th.
Built in 1906 (Designed B.G.McDougall) as a Art Deco/Art Moderne and served as a Opera House in 1906 till in 1938 became a movie theatre.
Located on 1721 19th Street
Get off of Highway 58 onto Chester Ave and make a left onto 19th street.
Built in 1931(Designed Edward Sibbert). Bakersfield best example of Art Deco constructed of reinforced steel and masonry.
Located on 1401 19th Street
Get off of Highway 58 onto Chester Ave and make a right onto 19th street.
Built in 1939, it is a Art Moderne rouded corner with vbertical cement panels; previously Owl Drug Store. This building is still in business as an antique mall with two floors of merchise of our past. It's old fashion five and dime lunch counter is still in business too!
Located on 1400 19th Street
Get off of Highway 58 onto Chester Ave and make a right onto 19th street.
It is important for us and for cities to preserve these historical structures. Just like the old saying, "They don't build them or make them like they use too!" These wonderful old buildings preserve our wonderful cultural past and if we lose them, we lose our treasures of the past for future generations to enjoy.
Built in 1930 (Designed Charles Lee, Charles Biggar). This is a Spanish Colonial Revival with a tall clock and bell tower designed in the atmospheric stye Mediterranean village auditorium with electric stars. Entertainment is still a happening place here!
Located on 2001 H Street
Get off of Highway 58 onto Chester Ave and make left onto 20th st. It is on the right hand side on H street.
This is on the list of National Register of Historical Places #83001183
Built in 1925 (Designed Eissler Biggar). Italian Renaissance Revival architectural landmark listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1983. Alfred Harrell, the newspaper's publisher from 1897 to 1946, was a well respected locally, state and nation-wide.
Still being used today, as our Cities newpaper publishers - Bakersfield Californian
Located on 1707 Eye Street
Get off of Highway 58 onto Chester Ave and make a left onto 17th street. On the corner of 17th and Eye Street.
Located at 1800 19th St. Built by Henry Jastro and was the executive offices for Standard Oil Company. A fire almost destroyed it in 1990. but it was refurbished.
On the list of National Register of Historic Places #83001182
Built in 1914 with four floors and a basement. It was built by Jewett and Blodget oil men and called the Oil Exchange Building an elegant place to trade their stock and a clubhouse and hotel for visiting oilmen. Located at 1908 H Street. It later became the Tegeler Hotel and now serves as low income housing.
Hart Park is located off Alfred Harrell Hwy. It is named after John O Hart a supervisor for Kern County who wanted a peoples playground. It open 1929 to the citizens of Bakersfield and christened as Kern River Park. Although it was not officially finished till 1936, it offered a place of refuge and relaxing for many generations to this very day. Yet, it has seen better days, it still offers a place for many to come and play in the sun and fish along the rivers. It is a wonderful place to spend the day under a huge pines or so many other variety of trees that by now have matured to a spectacular grandeur. There are lots of picnic areas, grills and parking available.
Two lakes of 10acres with trout, catfish, bass fishing, but state license required).
Lots of wonderful wildlife such as fox, possum, raccoons, beaver, muskrat, skunks, white egret, and lots of beautiful blue heron ducks. A concession stand is at the west end of the lake with canoes and paddleboat rentals. Children playgrounds are available and restrooms. There are some historical buildings on the premises, such as a wooden Water Wheel Mill (Warning, fenced off for your safety) and the Cobblestone Fountain house.
Warning: Swim at your own risk and be aware that the Kern River current can sweep children and adults alike to their deaths to undercurrents to hidden pockets of underwater.
Hours: 5am-10pm all year
Eight miles northeast of Bakersfield on Alfred Harrell Highway.
This is where many as 3,000 Chinese immigrants settled here in the 1800's and where they had their shops too. The Chinese are known to have helped build and expand our railroads. They experienced such hardship of cruel labor, poverty, and prejudice, yet they endured to make a new home for themselves in country that gave them freedom and free enterprise.
M Street and China Alley Off of Rosedale Hwy (178)
This is wonderful historical building that stills services her city. The plaque reads: Built in 1908 and restored in 1988. “So that a vital link to the past will not be forgotten in future generations.” LA architects Robert Train and Robert Williams designed this in architectural style Beaux Arts, later altered in 1939 to PWA modern style.
On the corner of 1655 Chester ave and Truxton Ave. Exit Hwy 58 and head east.
If you love wall murals then you need to make a trip to downtown Bakersfield. If you exit Highway 58 onto Chester Ave and head east. Once you past 17th Street on Chester Ave, your in the old downtown area where they are all on display on different buildings. They have quite a few to admire within walking distance of eachother. So, park the car and get out and walk. Lots of shops and diners to enjoy too!
Look at my Travel Log mural page for the location of the murals
Getting outside of Bakersfield will take you to some picturesque and scenic sights, some of which Hollywood and other film makers has chosen to place in some of their films. South of Bakersfield is the Grapevine, which has some very pretty mountainsides. East of Bakersfield is the Kern River and the Valley it has produced leading up to Lake Isabella. North and north east of Bakersfield are gentle rolling foothills and small mountains leading into the Sequoia National Forest. West of Bakersfield is some of the Largest oil production sites in North America.
What can I say about a man that has touched so many communities in history and that has so many monuments made in honor of his travels and the fact we know of our history because he documented his travels so well. If it were not for this gentleman much of our communities history would have never been known. Father Francisco Tomas Graces’ 1738-1781 was just that man I speak of. He was a missionary and explorer who was the first so called white man to enter areas only lived by Native Americans. He explored much of the southwestern part of North America from California to Arizona, a 2700 mile trek. He explored with Juan Bautista de Anza many times, but explored by himself with just Native guides. Unfortunately he and another Juan Diaz died during a Yuman uprising in search of a route to Mexico. He graced so many desert communities and I could not even imagine the hardship and time he devoted in doing this task.
This momument is one of many across the Amercia’s in honor of this man. This one is located in Bakerfield on Chester Avenue Cirlce and 30th St on the unique intersection that is a real circle drive. You have to enter with yielding to traffic. You can always park near and walk over to see the monument, but be careful of heavy traffic during the weekdays!
GARCÉS CIRCLE Historical Marker No.277