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

Shafter Depot

 
 
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By Craig Baker, February 23, 2019
1. Shafter Depot Marker
Inscription.  This building originally located four blocks southeast of this site was opened for use and dedicated October 11, 1917. Until closed in 1978, this building served as Shafter’s gateway to the world as the mail, Western Union Telegraph, express, freight, and rail passengers passed through its doors. The concern for the preservation of this building resulted in the formation of the Shafter Historical Society in July of 1979. In March 1980, the society accepted the gift of the depot from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co. and moved it to this site donated by the Harlin Wilson family and by the S.A. Camp Ginning Co. With much public support, the society restored the building to its original format and dedicated it for many more years of service as the Shafter Museum, October 9th, 1982.

This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway series list.
 
Location.

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By Craig Baker, February 23, 2019
2. Shafter Depot Marker
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35° 30.336′ N, 119° 16.643′ W. Marker is in Shafter, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of Central Valley Highway and Poso Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Central Valley Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 Central Valley Hwy, Shafter CA 93263, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Green Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shafter Cotton Research Station (approx. 1.9 miles away); Site of Gossamer Condor Flight (approx. 5.4 miles away); Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 9 miles away); Buttonwillow Tree (approx. 13 miles away); We Shall Never Forget (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Shafter Depot image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 23, 2019
3. Shafter Depot
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By Craig Baker, February 23, 2019
4. Nearby Marker
Center of California population, according to the 2010 census.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 25, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 25, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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