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

Lόpez-Hill House

 
 
Lόpez-Hill House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Lόpez-Hill House Marker
Inscription.
José and Mary Lόpez belonged to the first generation of Americans born in California after statehood was granted on September 9, 1850.

José Lόpez came to Kern County to raise sheep in 1873. The following year Edward Beale, owner of the Tejon Ranch, hired José to manage the sheep on his ranch. In 1885, Lόpez became the manager of the Tejon Ranch overseeing ranch operations for the next twenty-four years.

Mary Winter came to Kern County with her Scottish immigrant family in 1868 settling in the Tehachapi Mountains. José and Mary were married in 1885. After their marriage, Mary taught piano to some of the children from the Sebastian Indian Reservation located on the Tejon Ranch.

Lois Lavern Hill and her family moved into this house in 1966. Lavern lived and worked in the home she loved for nearly 40 years. Arlin Hill, Glenda Rankin and Dianne Sharman donated this house in 2008 fulfilling their mother’s dream of moving the house to the museum.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.586′ N, 119° 1.199′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Touch for map. Marker and House are located
Lόpez-Hill House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Lόpez-Hill House and Marker
Decorated for the Christmas Holidays
on the northwest corner of the Log Cabin Green section of Pioneer Village. 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. Howell House (a few steps from this marker); Adobe House (a few steps from this marker); Undertaker's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Bungalow (within shouting distance of this marker); Standard School (within shouting distance of this marker); Barnes Log Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Kern County Chamber of Commerce (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Lopez-Hill House. This The Fence Post article by Glenda Rankin reports a detailed history of the house, the families that owned it, and its move to Pioneer Village. (Submitted on November 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. The Relocation and Restoration of the Lopez-Hill House. In detailing the relocation of the house to Pioneer Village this article also contributes first person memories by Bakersfield residents. (Submitted on November 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. Lopez-Hill House
Side Entrance to the Lόpez-Hill House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
3. Side Entrance to the Lόpez-Hill House
. The Kern County Museum website quotes the text of the marker as well as displaying vintage photos of the house. (Submitted on November 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

4. The Lopez Hill House Relocation Project. Complete with history of the families, timeline of its history and a link to view Huell Howser’s "California’s Gold” production shown on California’s public television stations throughout the state. (Submitted on November 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo: Wedding Portrait of Jose and Mary Lopez in 1885.

Lower Photo: Margaret, Jose and Mary Lopez' daughter, sold this house to Otis Coppock (inset). Coppock moved the house to Rosedale Highway west of Calloway Drive in 1952.
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
5. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo: The Lόpez house in its original location at 1203 Chester Avenue. The house was moved to face California Avenue in 1929.

Lower Photo: Lois Lavern Hill (inset) and this house soon after it was moved to Rosedale Highway in 1952.
Side Entrance to the Lόpez-Hill House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
6. Side Entrance to the Lόpez-Hill House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 884 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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