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Kern City French Bakery

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Kern City French Bakery Marker
Inscription.
East Bakersfield, originally named Sumner, was founded by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1874. The name of the town was changed to Kern in 1893 and shortly thereafter was called Kern City.


This building, constructed in 1910, was originally the Kern City French Bakery. The bakery was located at 717 East 21st Street in Kern.

Around 1920, the Kern City French Bakery produced over 1,000 loaves of bread and rolls daily. Most of the bread was delivered to homes and hotels with a small quantity being sold in the store. During this time, a one pound loaf of bread cost eight cents.

Pierre and Juanita Laxague purchased the bakery from Joe and Lea Gueydan in 1947 and changed the name to Pyrenees Bakery. The Laxagues donated this building in 1961.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.551′ N, 119° 1.208′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located near the Three Oaks Green section of Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. 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. Barnes Log Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Pinkney House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sheepherder's Cabin (within shouting
Kern City French Bakery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Kern City French Bakery and Marker
distance of this marker); Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Photographer’s Studio (within shouting distance of this marker); Weller House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Lόpez-Hill House (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Regarding Kern City French Bakery. This building is labeled “Dressmaker’s and Watchmaker’s Shop” on the Kern County Brochure and currently houses watchmaker and dressmaker exhibits.
 
Also see . . .
1. The History of the Pyrenees Bakery. “The bakery, originally called Kern City French Bakery, began in 1887 under the proprietorship of Marius M. Espitallier. In the early years the brick building which housed the bakery also contained a saloon. At the time, a loaf of good French bread sold for six cents.” (Submitted on December 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Kern County Museum - The Kern City French Bakery. The Kern County Museum website quotes the text of the marker as well as displaying the photo of The Kern City French Bakery as seen on the marker. (Submitted on December 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Juanita and Pierre Laxague by the oven inside the Pyrenees Bakery, circa 1960.

Lower Photo:
Branch of the Kern City Bakery before 1898.
 
 
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Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
The Pyrenees French Bakery, formerly the Kern City French Bakery, in its original location, circa 1950.

Lower Photo:
Joe Gueydan behind the counter inside the Kern City French Bakery in 1941.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 810 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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