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

Court House and Jail

 
 
Court House and Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Court House and Jail Marker
Inscription.
From the 1850s to the 1890s, the lure of gold brought people to the mountains and deserts of Kern County. Mining towns such as Claraville, Havilah and Randsburg sprang up almost overnight.

Although most of the residents of these towns were law abiding citizens, some unsavory characters came to the bustling towns of Kernís mining districts.

In 1866, Havilah became Kern Countyís first center of government due to the cityís growing population.

This building, representing a mining era court house and jail, was constructed in 1953 at the museum from salvaged pieces of the court house from Claraville. The once thriving town of Claraville is located near Piute Mountain approximately 50 miles northeast of Bakersfield.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.587′ N, 119° 1.257′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located across from the Hotel Fellows at 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. Assay Office (a few steps from this marker);
Courthouse - Jail Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Courthouse - Jail Building and Marker
Hotel Fellows (a few steps from this marker); Kern Valley Bank (a few steps from this marker); Metcalf House (a few steps from this marker); Fraternal Hall (a few steps from this marker); Dentist's Office (a few steps from this marker); Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); General Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Regarding Court House and Jail. Claraville was once the metropolis of the region, in spite of being located at an elevation of 6000 ft. Only Havilah, and Kernville had larger populations. The last dilapidated building been removed and the remains were used to build the Courthouse at the Bakersfield's Pioneer Village. It had served as Claraville's court of justice. About six miles north was the Bright Star Mine, the richest in the area. It was owned by three brothers. When this mine collapsed, it marked the beginning of the end for the entire district.
 
Also see . . .  Kern County Museum – Courthouse and Jail
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Museum volunteers disassembling the court house in Claraville in 1952

Lower Photo:
Henry Dasch and Kenneth Corbett constructing the walls of the jail at the museum in 1953.
. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and displays a photo. (Submitted on December 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable Buildings
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Sheriff John Kelly (right) arrested Newt Walter after a deadly gun battle in the streets of Havilah in 1905.

Lower Photo:
The Kern County Court House built in the new county seat of Bakersfield
Interior of Jail With Entrance to One of the Two Cells on the Right image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
5. Interior of Jail With Entrance to One of the Two Cells on the Right
Interior of One of the Two Jail Cells image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
6. Interior of One of the Two Jail Cells
Side View of Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
7. Side View of Building
The upper floor houses the courtroom and the lower floor is the jail.
Photos on Display in the Courtroom image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
8. Photos on Display in the Courtroom
Court House and Jail image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
9. Court House and Jail
Kern County Court House 1867 - 1874 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
10. Kern County Court House 1867 - 1874
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,016 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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