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

Drug Store

 
 
Drug Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Drug Store Marker
Inscription.
Treatment for illness and the maintenance of good health were important for the success of a new community.


Early pharmacists compounded prescription medicine with mortars and pestles, made their own pills, and sold popular patent medicines, which promised to cure a variety of ills.

Francis M. Carlock operated his dray and transfer business out of this building, which originally stood on 18th Street in downtown Bakersfield. A dray is a two- or four-wheeled wagon used for transporting heavy loads or objects such as large machines.

Frances M. Carlock’s daughter, Harriet Carlock, donated this building in 1955.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.553′ N, 119° 1.26′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Chester Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located at the southeast corner of the Bandstand 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. Miller and Lux Survey Office (a few steps from this marker); Doctor's Office (a few steps from this marker);
Drug Store and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Drug Store and Marker
Joss House (a few steps from this marker); Photographer’s Studio (a few steps from this marker); Weller House (a few steps from this marker); Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Pacific Railroad Jail (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .  Kern County Museum - Drug Store. The Kern County Museum website quotes the text of the marker and displays a photo. (Submitted on December 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Frances M. Carlock
Frances Carlock came to California during the Gold Rush. He worked the mining camps of the Sierras and then came to Kern County and took up ranching. He also was engaged in hauling feight between Delano and Bakersfield. He eventually went into merchandising and opened a shop in Bakersfield at 18th and Chester Streets. After a fire in 1889 he restocked
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
The interior of J.S. Drury's drug store, circa 1880.

Lower Photo:
J.S. Drury's drug store at 18th Street and Chester Avenue in Bakersfield, circa 1880.
and continued with his business. After he sold his mercantile he continued in the dray and transfer business until 1906 when he retired.
    — Submitted December 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Frances M. Carlock, circa 1910.

Lower Photo:
Frances M. Carlock's dray and transfer business (right) at 18th and K Streets in downtown Bakersfield in 1889.
Drug Store Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
5. Drug Store Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 654 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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