Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Colonel Thomas Baker
Colonel Thomas Baker
Civil Engineer – Lawyer
Farmer – Soldier
1810 – 1872
who means to do right”
October 18, 1942
Kern County Historical Society, Bakersfield City Council, El Tejon Parlor No. 239 N.D.G.W., Bakersfied Parlor No.42 N.S.G.W., Kern County Board of Supervisors, Kern County Chamber of Commerce
State Registered Landmark No.382
Erected 1942. (Marker Number 382.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 35° 22.383′ N, 119° 1.159′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Truxtun Avenue near Chester Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Statue and marker are located in front of the Bakersfield City Hall on the southwest corner. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1501 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kern County Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Bakersfield Californian Alphonse Weill Residence (about 700 feet away); Livermore and Chester Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arlington House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weill's Department Store (approx. ¼ mile away); Bank of Bakersfield (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brock's Department Store (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
Regarding Colonel Thomas Baker. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 382 on January 3,1944.
Also see . . . Find-A-Grave. Colonel Thomas Baker is buried at the Union Cemetery in Bakersfield. (Submitted on November 28, 2009.)
1. Clarification of Incorrect Information Regarding Photo #5
• In the 1830's - 1840's there was a trapper in the area by the name of Thomas Fitzgerald. Thomas built a reed & stick home on what was later known as Kern Island. He abandoned it to go look for gold in the late 1840's.
• In the early 1850's a fellow by the name of Christian Bohna moved into that structure, planted crops in the area, and filed for a homestead. His "farm" was completely wiped out in the great flood of 1862.
• Bohna decided to move further north and he sold the reed & stick
So as you can see, Baker did not "build a primitive residence on this site" as the plaque reads. He just moved into the Fitzgerald/Bohna structure, then added on to it later.
— Submitted September 13, 2015.
Categories. • Notable Persons • Settlements & Settlers •
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