Bakersfield Off The Beaten Path

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    Tejon Ranch - 1843

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 26, 2011

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    This is a photographer’s delight and many commercials, and movies are filmed here because of the beautiful wide landscape.

    In 1850's General Edward Fitzgerald Beale a hero of the Mexican American War, purchase the bulk of what is Tejon Ranch today. He was also the first to bring news to the President of Washington DC of the gold discover here in California. He is also the founder of the first Indian Reservation in 1853, where Indians, Hispanics and Anglos worked together in agriculture. He helped established Fort Tejon, which experimented with the Camel Corps (that must have been amusing:-) and Butterfield Overland Mail Stage Stop.

    His son Truxton eventually purchased the property in 1912 along with a group of pioneer businesses, which today is Tejon Ranch Co.

    Tejon Ranch is celebrating its 160 years as one of the most significant ranches due to being the largest pieces of land under single ownership in California. Over 270,000 acres of one the most beautiful expansions of land you'll ever see.

    I know, because I cherish the vastness when driving to Bakersfield. It is breath taking to see that we still live in a land so beautiful.

    It is one of America's last great historic ranches that still operates towards farming and ranching, which continues to be a primary focus. Almonds, pistachios walnuts and wine grapes are among the chief crops, while more than 10,000 head of cattle graze on the land each year.

    Yet, as most business find, it has to give up some of this prime land to develop communities and industrial development which will produce jobs and income into the communities.

    You can see this wonderful landscape from Highway 5 Grape Vine and off the Highway 58. These two freeways are miles and miles away from each other so it is a wide space of land.

    P.O. Box 1000 Lebec, California 93243

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    Brings back those military days:-)

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 17, 2004

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    The Supply Sergeant - Military Surplus

    This store brought back alot of memories being in the service and growing up in one too! My dad was a supply sergeant for the Air Force and my mom the head supply clerk for the Army. So we had some really neat camping equipment to use. Everything had its purpose. As soon as I walked into the store the sights and smells brought back those memories. The store is very organized and they sell regular clothes for everyday use, plus they sell for farm or ranch work clothes too.
    They have this really cool display out in the parking lot of historical military vehicles, tanks, and bombs. Pretty neat to see!

    You can find the place if you get onto the Highway 58 and get off on Chester Avenue and head north.

    3530 Chester Ave
    Bakersfield, Ca 93301

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    Fossils You Say!

    by Yaqui Written Jul 17, 2004

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    Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

    This is a wonderful place that most schools will take their students too. I happened to walk by and ventured in. It is located in the historical part of town off of Chester Ave. It has some many wonderful displays of natural aritifacts and exhibits the children can see and learn from. My son said he enjoyed it and now I know why. It goes out of its way to educate all who seeks. It has a wonderful giftshop and if you feel like venturing more. Your in the downtown of Bakersfiels where there is lots of shops and some of the sightseeing is here. Enjoy!

    Hours:
    Thursday - Saturday
    10am-5pm
    Admission
    Adults $3.00
    Children, Students with ID, and Seniors $2.00
    Children under 5 Free

    2018 Chester Ave
    Bakersfield, Ca 93301

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    Fox Theater - 1930

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    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.

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    Beale Clock Tower

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 26, 2004

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    A gift to the city of Bakersfield in 1904 by Truxtun Beale in memory of his mother. This 48 foot clock tower originally stood for 48 years in the middle of Chester Ave and 17th Street. It's Bakersfield best known landmark. Then in 1952 when the Tehachapi equarthquake hit, the clock was almost destroyed and then demolished, but some of it's parts were saved in hopes of building another one in the future. In 1961 the beautiful clock tower was reconstructed, but this time in front of the Kern County Museum for all future generations to enjoy!

    Located: 3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, Ca
    Take the 58 Freeway and exit onto Chester Ave North. It will be on the left hand side.

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    Father Francisco Tomas Garces

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 10, 2007

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    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

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    Woolworth - 1939

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    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.

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    Bakersfield Californian - 1925-1949 - till today

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    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.

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    The Old Indian

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 22, 2012

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    The Indian on the circle, he stood there very proud. All the cars would circle and he would draw a crowd. Many would look in amazement, at the largeness he possessed. Others drew back a bow and sent an arrow into his mighty chest. He always seemed to be standing there, watching and protecting everyone below. Then the sad day came along, it was time for him to go. Standard Jr. High School was building a new gym. This seemed like the perfect place for him to fit right in. The school was called the Warriors, and a Warrior he would be, but standing in his brand new gym was not his destiny. Rules and regulations, and policies came around. So the mighty Warrior was hauled to a vacant lot and laid upon the ground. For seventeen years he laid there not knowing his next quest. Then a cowboy came along and said, “I’m going to do my best”. He decided to relocate him for everyone to see, because this mighty Indian is part of our hometown history. Forty years later on the cowboys ranch standing tall and proud. He hadn’t lost his spirit, he still knew how to draw a crowd. In 1999 he was taken to North High to be entered on a float. It wasn’t any surprise that he won the hearts of the judges as well as all of their votes. The cowboy sold his ranch, but kept his word as a man, he promised to relocate the Indian to a place of honor for him to stand. The moral of the journey is to take life in stride, and to always just remember, there’s many more happy trails to ride. Marv 2000 Marv Rohlfing and Peppy.

    From the West Hwy 58, exit onto Mt. Vernon Ave and head east to you see Alfred Harrel Hwy, you will come to a small interchange make sure you cross over on the over pass to the other side and you will see a access road to the right, turn right.

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    Bakersfield Fire Department 1904

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    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.

    Stepping into the Past

    History of Fire Department

    Built originally in 1904(Designed Charles Biggar) 1939 PWA moderne design, replaced an aging two story red brick fire station.

    Located on 2120 H Street

    Get off of Highway 58 onto Chester Ave and make a left onto H street.

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    Padre Hotel - 1928

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    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.

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    Memorial to Cancer Survivors

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    This is a wonderful memorial located right smack on the corner of Oak Street and Rosedale Highway (178). It is sculpture dedicated to those who have had the blessing of surviving cancer. Along the path to the sculptor are plaques filled with words of encouragement to remind those stricken with this awful disease are not alone and will never be alone. It reminds them you can survive. Cancer does not care who you are, what color you are, nationality, language you speak or whether you are young and old. So, if you have a chance please take time to stop and say a prayer for those victims.

    661-861-2367
    2101 Oak St, Bakersfield, Ca 93302

    Located on the corner of Oak Street and Rosedale Highway (178) off of the 99 freeway.

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    Kress Building - 1931

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    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.

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    Nile Theatre - 1906/1938

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    Her furture is brighter now!
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    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.

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    Historic Hart Park

    by Yaqui Written Mar 15, 2009

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    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
    7am-3:30pm

    Eight miles northeast of Bakersfield on Alfred Harrell Highway.

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