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

Havilah

California Historical Marker

 
 
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By Denise Boose, March 27, 2010
1. Havilah Marker
Inscription. Gold deposits at Havilah were discovered in 1864. Havilah was the county seat between 1866, when Kern County was organized, and 1872, when the government was moved to Bakersfield. Havilah was an active mining center for more than 20 years, and there are still some operating mines in this vicinity.
 
Erected 1938 by Bakersfield Parlor No 42 N.S.G.W., El Tejon Parlor No 239 N.D.G.W, Kern County Historical Society, Kern County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 100.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 35° 31.092′ N, 118° 30.978′ W. Marker is in Havilah, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Caliente-Bodfish Road (County Route 483), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located between historical 1867 Havilah School House and 1866 Kern County Court House/Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6800 County Road 483, Caliente CA 93518, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stage Robbery! (a few steps from this marker); First Catholic Church and Cemetery in Kern County (approx. mile away); Silver City Ghost Town
Havilah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 27, 2010
2. Havilah Marker
(approx. 5.7 miles away); USS Arizona (approx. 6.5 miles away); Walker Basin (approx. 8.5 miles away); a different marker also named Walker Basin (approx. 8.6 miles away); Dedicated to Little Lucy and the Lightners (approx. 9.6 miles away); Rankin Ranch (approx. 9.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Havilah.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Havilah. July 1864 is the date signaling the birthday of the town. Asbury Harpending, a Kentuckian who had been involved in an abortive plot to seize California for the Confederacy during the Civil War which was still raging, named the town. (Submitted on January 21, 2012.) 
 
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1866 Kern County Court House Museum image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 27, 2010
3. 1866 Kern County Court House Museum
1867 Havilah School House image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 27, 2010
4. 1867 Havilah School House
Mrs. Miller Store image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 27, 2010
5. Mrs. Miller Store
There are wood markers that show where the pioneers lived during Havilah's heyday.
Havilah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, September 23, 2006
6. Havilah Marker
This small marker hangs inside the Kern County Court House Museum nearby. The wording is the same except for the bottom portion. It appears to date from the 1930's, the same time period the outside marker was erected.

By order of Department of Natural Resources State of California Reg. No. 100
Havilah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 27, 2010
7. Havilah Marker
Havilah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 27, 2010
8. Havilah Marker
Havilah County Seat Kern County 1866 - 1873 Marked by the Kern County Parlors N.D.G.W. N.S.G.W Dedicated June 2, 1935 Located at the Old Havilah Cemetery just down the road.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   6. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   7, 8. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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