Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Beale Memorial Clock Tower
The Beale Memorial Clock Tower was a gift to the City of Bakersfield from Truxtun Beale in memory of his mother, Mary Edwards Beale.
Dedicated on April 2, 1904, the clock tower originally stood in the center of the intersection at Chester Avenue and 17th Street in downtown Bakersfield.
In the summer of 1952, a series of earthquakes shook Kern County causing extensive damage to the clock tower. The clock tower was demolished in the quake’s aftermath. Only the original clock works, bell, iron stairway, balcony railings and arch grillwork were saved.
In 1961, a group of local citizens formed the Beale Memorial Clock Tower Restoration Committee to build a replica of the clock tower. The original pieces of the clock tower were incorporated into the rising masonry. The reconstructed clock tower was dedicated at the Kern County Museum on December 13, 1964.
Erected by The Kern County Museum.
Location. 35° 23.585′ N, 119° 1.149′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located at the base of the Beale Memorial Clock Tower 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. Kern County Chamber of Commerce (a few steps from this marker); Bungalow (within shouting distance of this marker); Howell House (within shouting distance of this marker); Adobe House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lόpez-Hill House (within shouting distance of this marker); Standard School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Undertaker's Office (about 400 feet away); Barnes Log Cabin (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
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