Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The invention of photography and mass production of photographic prints brought images of never before seen people, places and events into American homes.
By the 1850s, people could obtain a photograph depicting their exact likeness at an affordable price. Traveling photographers earned money moving from town to town setting up portable studios to take portrait photographs of residents.
This exhibit displays artifacts utilized in a photographer’s studio during the 1890s. There were at least 11 professional photographers operating studios in Kern County by the 1890s.
This former residence built in Kern City around 1890 was donated by Mrs. Dan Chappell in 1960.
Erected by Kern County Museum.
Location. 35° 23.548′ N, 119° 1.248′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Log Cabin Green section of Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. 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. Weller House (here, next to this marker); Sheepherder's Cabin Pinkney House (a few steps from this marker); Miller and Lux Survey Office (a few steps from this marker); Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office (a few steps from this marker); Drug Store (a few steps from this marker); Doctor's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Pacific Railroad Jail (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
Also see . . .
1. Kern County Museum - Photographer's Studio. The Kern County Museum website quotes the text of the marker as well as displaying a photo. (Submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. The History of Photography. (Submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 769 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.