Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Saint John's Episcopal Mission
People living in small towns built churches to provide services within walking distance from their homes.
Saint Johnís Episcopal Mission opened to parishioners in Rosedale in 1892. In the early days, a pastor from Saint Paulís Episcopal Church in Bakersfield rode on horseback to conduct services in this rural church. Eventually, the automobile made the trip to Bakersfield more practical, and in 1920 the church closed.
The original clear glass windows in the church were removed when the building was converted to a residence. Saint James Cathedral in Fresno donated these stained glass windows after the church was moved to the museum.
This church was moved in 1950 when a project to widen Rosedale Highway threatened to demolish the structure. Donations from the citizens of Kern County enabled the museum to purchase the church from Paul Weller and relocate the building to the museum grounds.
Erected by Kern County Museum.
Location. 35° 23.572′ N, 119° 1.317′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located at the Chapel Green section of Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norris School (a few steps from this marker); Havilah Courier (a few steps from this marker); Blacksmith Shop (a few steps from this marker); Cook Wagon (a few steps from this marker); Weill House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairhaven Pump House (within shouting distance of this marker); Standard End Pumping Unit (within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
Also see . . . Kern County Museum - St. John's Episcopal Mission. Kern County Museum website quotes the text of the marker and displays photos. (Submitted on December 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Categories. • Churches, Etc. • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 682 times since then and 3 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.