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

Caliente

 
 
Calentia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Henry M Kohnen
1. Calentia Marker
Inscription.  Originally known as Allen's Camp after Gabriel Allen, who in the 1870s had a cabin and stock pasture near here, the settlement was named Caliente when railroad construction reached this point in April 1875. The town became a railroad terminal for about 16 months while a force of up to three thousand men, most of them Chinese, labored on the heavy railroad construction on the mountain.
 
Erected 1961 by The Kern County Historical Society, Bakersfield Parlor No.42 N.S.G.W., El Tejon Parlor No.239 N.D.G.W., and Kern County Museum. (Marker Number 757.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable PlacesRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
 
Location. 35° 17.43′ N, 118° 37.601′ W. Marker is in Caliente, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Bealville Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located
Caliente Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, August 11, 2007
2. Caliente Marker
2.3 miles north of State Highway 58. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Caliente CA 93518, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bealville (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bakersfield National Cemetery (approx. 3˝ miles away); Arvin-Sierra Glider Port (approx. 3.6 miles away); Cesar E. Chavez National Monument (approx. 6 miles away); The Great Flood of 1932 and Engine No. 3834 (approx. 7 miles away); Rankin Ranch (approx. 7.6 miles away); Dedicated to Little Lucy and the Lightners (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Cross at the Loop (approx. 8.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This site is California Historical Landmark No. 757.

Originally known as Allen's Camp after Gabriel Allen, who in the 1870s had a cabin and stock pasture near here, the settlement was named Caliente when railroad construction reached this point in April 1875. The town became a railroad terminal for about 16 months while a force of up to three thousand men, most of them Chinese, labored on the heavy railroad construction on the mountain.
 
Caliente Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 29, 2005
3. Caliente Building
Caliente image. Click for full size.
By Mia Kostouros, June 28, 2014
4. Caliente
Caliente image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 29, 2005
5. Caliente
Southern Pacific Railroad Jail Marker - Kern County Museum image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
6. Southern Pacific Railroad Jail Marker - Kern County Museum
Information posted on the “Southern Pacific Railroad Jail” marker at the Kern County Museum describes Caliente as:

“infested with a numerous horde of thieves and robbers, comprising the worst class of hoodlums in the country.”
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The Depot at Caliente image. Click for full size.
7. The Depot at Caliente
A close-up of a photo displayed on the marker in photo #5.
Caliente Station image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 15, 2014
8. Caliente Station
Courtesy of Kelcy's Restaurant
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,688 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on October 11, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on October 22, 2014, by Henry M Kohnen of San Jose, California.   2. submitted on December 31, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   3. submitted on September 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on July 19, 2014, by Mia Kostouros of Los Banos, California.   5. submitted on September 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6, 7. submitted on December 18, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   8. submitted on March 16, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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