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

Miller and Lux Survey Office

 
 
Miller and Lux Survey Office Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Miller and Lux Survey Office Marker
Inscription.  
Large scale farming and ranching was needed to supply the restaurants and grocery stores in fast-growing cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles in the late 1800s.


Henry Miller and Charles Lux purchased large areas of land throughout the western states to control the supply of cattle for their San Francisco butchering operation. By the late 1880s, Miller & Lux had acquired more than one million acres in California, Nevada, and Oregon. Most of their land was located in the San Joaquin Valley.

The small town of Buttonwillow was the Kern County headquarters for the Miller & Lux land and agricultural partnership. Miller & Lux surveyors took accurate measurements of land areas in order to determine boundaries, elevations, and dimensions.

This survey office was built around 1906. Later, the Buena Vista Water Storage District used the building.

The Buttonwillow Chamber of Commerce donated this building to the museum in 1966.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture
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Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
 
Location. 35° 23.557′ N, 119° 1.256′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Chester Avenue. Marker is located across from the Drug Store at Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester 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. Doctor's Office (here, next to this marker); Drug Store (a few steps from this marker); Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office (a few steps from this marker); Bandstand (a few steps from this marker); Photographer’s Studio (a few steps from this marker); Weller House (a few steps from this marker); Joss House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sheepherder's Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. The California Cattle Boom, 1849-1862. (Submitted on December 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
2. Henry Miller. A biography transcribed by Joseph Kral, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California (Submitted on December 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 
 
Miller and Lux Survey Office Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Miller and Lux Survey Office Building and Marker
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Henry Miller, cofounder of Miller & Lux, directed the firm's cattle, land and water business operations for around 60 years.

Lower Photo:
Miller and Lux Engineering Office in 1937
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
The Miller & Lux headquarters in Buttonwillow, circa 1930.

Lower Photo:
Miller & Lux employees Simon Wible (left) and Rafael Cuen (right) on horseback oversee hay harvesting at the Buena Vista Farm, circa 1880's.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,972 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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