Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Colonel Thomas Baker
Colonel Thomas Baker
Civil Engineer – Lawyer
Farmer – Soldier
1810 – 1872
who means to do right”
October 18, 1942
Kern County Historical Society, Bakersfield City Council, El Tejon Parlor No. 239 N.D.G.W., Bakersfied Parlor No.42 N.S.G.W., Kern County Board of Supervisors, Kern County Chamber of Commerce
State Registered Landmark No.382
Erected 1942. (Marker Number 382.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1828.
Location. 35° 22.383′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1501 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kern County Hall of Records (within shouting distance of this marker); Kern County Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Kern County Courthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Haberfelde Building (about 600 feet away); Bakersfield Californian (about 600 feet away); Alphonse Weill Residence (about 700 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
Regarding Colonel Thomas Baker. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 382 on January 3,1944.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Site of Baker’s Field.
Also see . . . Find-A-Grave. Colonel Thomas Baker is buried at the Union Cemetery in Bakersfield. (Submitted on November 28, 2009.)
1. Clarification of Incorrect Information Regarding
• In the 1830's - 1840's there was a trapper in the area by the name of Thomas Fitzgerald. Thomas built a reed & stick home on what was later known as Kern Island. He abandoned it to go look for gold in the late 1840's.
• In the early 1850's a fellow by the name of Christian Bohna moved into that structure, planted crops in the area, and filed for a homestead. His "farm" was completely wiped out in the great flood of 1862.
• Bohna decided to move further north and he sold the reed & stick house and 160 acres of homesteaded land to Col. Thomas Baker for a grand total of $200
So as you can see, Baker did not "build a primitive residence on this site" as the plaque reads. He just moved into the Fitzgerald/Bohna structure, then added on to it later.
— Submitted September 13, 2015.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 3,168 times since then and 66 times this year. Last updated on May 26, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1. submitted on November 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 2, 3. submitted on November 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 4. submitted on January 1, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 5. submitted on August 27, 2015, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.