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

Jewett Family – Kern County Pioneers

 
 
Jewett Family – Kern County Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2009
1. Jewett Family – Kern County Pioneers Marker
Inscription. This area was originally a portion of the Jewett Brothers’ Ranches. In 1859 Solomon and Philo Jewett walked 2000 miles to present day Kern County. They built the first store in Bakersfield in 1865 and the same year raised the first commercial cotton in Kern. In 1874 they organized the Kern Valley Bank in Bakersfield, first in the county. They were also leaders in raising Blooded Merino Sheep, in producing the first oil well in Kern and in construction of Sunset Railroad to Westside oil fields. Louisa Jewett Crites, a sister, was the first woman teacher in the county.
 
Erected 1970 by Kern County Historical Society, Kern County Museum. (Marker Number 14.)
 
Location. 35° 23.66′ N, 119° 1.13′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Chester Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Kern County Museum at the base of the Beale Memorial Clock Tower. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bungalow (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kern County Chamber of Commerce (about 400 feet away); Beale Memorial Clock Tower
Jewett Family – Kern County Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2009
2. Jewett Family – Kern County Pioneers Marker
(about 500 feet away); Standard School (about 500 feet away); Howell House (about 600 feet away); Adobe House (about 600 feet away); Kern County Fair Exhibit Building (about 600 feet away); Lόpez-Hill House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Jewett Family Narrative. This narrative by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools - The Learning Center details the history of the Jewett Family and their importance to the development of the Bakersfield area. It also tells of their contribution to the Union Army during the Civil War. (Submitted on November 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. The Rio Bravo Ranch. The Rio Bravo Ranch and its history is documented on their website. (Submitted on November 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. A School Teachers Life. An article on Louise Jewett Grites, the first paid female schoolteacher in Kern County. (Submitted on November 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

4. A Photo of Philo Jewett and an additional photo of his home on Chester Avenue.
The Beale Memorial Clock Tower image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2009
3. The Beale Memorial Clock Tower
Marker can be seen mounted on the granite base at the front of the tower.
The official website of the Kern County Museum displays photos and information on the history of Kern County. (Submitted on November 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
Solomon Jewett image. Click for more information.
By Kern Valley Museum
4. Solomon Jewett
Solomon Jewett was a cofounder of the Kern Valley Bank.
This photo is on display on the Kern Valley Bank marker.
Click for more information.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,241 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on December 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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