Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Newspapers brought news of wars, politics, local happenings and other important information to the residents of Kern County.
This exhibit displays artifacts reminiscent of Kern County’s first newspaper office, the Weekly Courier. George Tiffany first published the Weekly Courier beginning on August 18, 1866 in the county seat of Havilah.
The remnants of the mining boom town, Havilah, is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between the Kern River Valley and Walker Basin approximately 45 miles northeast of Bakersfield.
Richard and Samuel Schrader donated this building originally located on Taft Highway near the Buena Vista Golf Course in 1957.
Erected by Kern County Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
Location. 35° 23.578′ N, 119° 1.306′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Marker is located at the western end of the Bandstand 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. Saint John's Episcopal Mission (a few steps from this marker); Norris School (within shouting distance of this marker); Sentry Statues and Gate Posts (within shouting distance of this marker); Standard End Pumping Unit (within shouting distance of this marker); Cook Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker); Weill House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dust Bowl Housing Units (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
1. Asbury Harpending, Jr.
Although my great-grandfather died well before I was born in 1937, he was present always in our household, through stories of his daughter, my great-aunt Genevieve, and my father who was 9 when he died. I passed through Havilah around 1990, on a quiet Sunday, and remember seeing a marker there, perhaps this one. Thanks for the reminder. You can see some photos of various Harpendings here:
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