Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Kern County Chamber of Commerce
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
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 & Commerce • Notable Buildings •
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