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Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Kern County Chamber of Commerce

 
 
Kern County Chamber of Commerce Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2009
1. Kern County Chamber of Commerce Marker
Inscription.
The Kern County Chamber of Commerce building was completed in 1928, Chester Avenue was part of State Highway 99, the main north-south route through California.

Architect Charles H. Biggar designed this Spanish-style building on land adjacent to the Kern County Fair Grounds. Inside this building, visitors were treated to exhibits of Kern County’s produce and products.

Soon after the building opened, a letter to the editor suggested historical materials be collected at the Chamber. In 1941, the Kern County Board of Supervisors voted to establish a local museum. The Kern County Museum was granted space in the basement of the Chamber of Commerce building to collect artifacts documenting Kern County’s rich and diverse heritage.

The first museum exhibits opened to the public in a corner of the first floor of this building. When the Chamber of Commerce moved their operations downtown, the museum expanded to use the entire building for exhibits.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.591′ N, 119° 1.158′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Click for map. The Building and marker are located at the entrance
Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2009
2. Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building
Marker can be seen at the far left of the photo.
to the Kern County Museum and Pioneer Village. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beale Memorial Clock Tower (a few steps from this marker); Bungalow (within shouting distance of this marker); Howell House (within shouting distance of this marker); Adobe House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lόpez-Hill House (within shouting distance of this marker); Standard School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Undertaker's Office (about 300 feet away); Barnes Log Cabin (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .  The Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building. The Kern County Museum website quotes the text of the marker and displays vintage photos of the building. (Submitted on November 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Entrance to the Chamber of Commerce Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2009
3. Entrance to the Chamber of Commerce Building
Entrance to the Chamber of Commerce Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
4. Entrance to the Chamber of Commerce Building
Relief Art on Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2009
5. Relief Art on Building
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
6. Photo Displayed on Marker
Architect Charles H. Biggar (inset) and the exterior of the Kern County Chamber of Commerce building in 1928.
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
7. Photo Displayed on Marker
Displays inside the Kern County Chamber of Commerce building, circa 1930.
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
8. Photo Displayed on Marker
Displays inside the Kern County Chamber of Commerce building, circa 1930.
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
9. Photo Displayed on Marker
Kern County Museum displays inside the Chamber of Commerce building in 1947.
Plaque Located at Entrance to Pioneer Village image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2009
10. Plaque Located at Entrance to Pioneer Village

Richard Clayton Baily
1911 - 1983
Historian - Educator
Developer of Pioneer Village
1955 - 1981
His dream was that you would love
Kern County living history and
know that you are a part of it.
Plaque and Display In Front of Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2009
11. Plaque and Display In Front of Building
Indian Mortar Rock
Found on Line of
Southern Pacific Company
Caliente Canyon
Used by the Kawaiisu Indians
for Grinding
Acorns and Other Wild Edibles
Kern County Chamber of Commerce image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 8, 2012
12. Kern County Chamber of Commerce
Wayside Marker Located Inside Entrance Gate to Pioneer Village image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
13. Wayside Marker Located Inside Entrance Gate to Pioneer Village
Site map of area and three photos.


The first Space Shuttle to orbit the Earth landed at Edwards Air Force Base in Eastern Kern County on April 14, 1981

Top Photo: Fishing in the Kern River, circa 1890.
Center Photo: Enjoying a spring day near Bakersfield, circa 1895.
Lower Photo: Moving bales of cotton, 1925.
Inside of the Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 8, 2012
14. Inside of the Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building
Inside of the Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 8, 2012
15. Inside of the Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building
The original paint on the ceiling.
Inside of the Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 8, 2012
16. Inside of the Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building
Taken from the top balcony.
Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 8, 2012
17. Kern County Chamber of Commerce Building
They have always had country western memorabilia in one end of the building and this is just one of the cabinets, Buck Owen Music Memorabilia.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 866 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   12. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   13. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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