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

Havilah Courier

 
 
Havilah Courier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Havilah Courier Marker
Inscription.
Newspapers brought news of wars, politics, local happenings and other important information to the residents of Kern County.

This exhibit displays artifacts reminiscent of Kern County’s first newspaper office, the Weekly Courier. George Tiffany first published the Weekly Courier beginning on August 18, 1866 in the county seat of Havilah.

The remnants of the mining boom town, Havilah, is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between the Kern River Valley and Walker Basin approximately 45 miles northeast of Bakersfield.

Richard and Samuel Schrader donated this building originally located on Taft Highway near the Buena Vista Golf Course in 1957.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.578′ N, 119° 1.306′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located at the western end 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. Saint John's Episcopal Mission (a few steps from this marker); Norris School
Havilah Courier Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Havilah Courier Building and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Standard End Pumping Unit (within shouting distance of this marker); Cook Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker); Weill House (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Cable Tool Drilling Rig (within shouting distance of this marker); Metcalf House (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kern County Museum – Newspaper Office. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and displays a photo. (Submitted on January 1, 2010.) 

2. Photos of Asbury Harpending, Jr. and some of his immediate descendants. Some of these are from his autobiography, but many are not. (Submitted on January 2, 2010, by Ron Pavellas of Stockholm, Sweden.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Asbury Harpending, Jr.
Although my great-grandfather died well before I was born in 1937, he was present always in our household, through stories of his daughter, my great-aunt Genevieve,
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
In 1864, Asbury Harpending named the town of Havilah

Lower Photo:
Havila, circa 1874
and my father who was 9 when he died. I passed through Havilah around 1990, on a quiet Sunday, and remember seeing a marker there, perhaps this one. Thanks for the reminder. You can see some photos of various Harpendings here:
Best wishes,
Ron Pavellas
Stockholm
http://pavellas.com
    — Submitted January 1, 2010, by Ron Pavellas of Stockholm, Sweden.

 
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Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
George Tiffany, publisher of the Weekly Courier, circa 1865

Lower Photo:
Havilah, circa 1910
Havilah Courier Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
5. Havilah Courier Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 846 times since then and 30 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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