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

Bandstand

 
 
Bandstand Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Bandstand Marker
Inscription.
Public parks sprang up as a response to the increasingly polluted urban environments created by the industrial revolution in the 1800s.


Urbanization and industrialization began to change American life by the 1840s. Large, open, green areas were planned to offer city dwellers a place to reconnect with nature.

With the inclusion of bandstands, amphitheatres, and playgrounds, parks became a community gathering place for concerts, recreation, and other activities.

Truxtun Beale donated five acres of land on Oleander Avenue for the building of the first park in the City of Bakersfield in 1908. Beale donated all the materials for landscaping the park and construction of the Greek Theatre and swimming pool at the park.

This structure is a recreated bandstand using wood recycled from what was possibly an old storage building.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.567′ N, 119° 1.263′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Bandstand 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.
The Marker and Bandstand image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. The Marker and Bandstand
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Doctor's Office (a few steps from this marker); Dentist's Office (a few steps from this marker); Fraternal Hall (a few steps from this marker); Miller and Lux Survey Office (a few steps from this marker); Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Kern Valley Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Joss House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .  Kern County Museum - The Bandstand. The Kern County Museum website quotes the text of the marker and displays photos. (Submitted on December 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
A children's performance at the Beale Park Amphitheatre, circa 1925

Lower Photo:
Constructing the bandstand at the Museum in 1956.
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
November 27, 2009
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Built in 1917, Jastro Park is named for former Kern County Supervisor Henry Jastro.

Lower Photo:
Central Park near downtown Bakersfield, circa 1920
The Bandstand image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
5. The Bandstand
The Metcalf House is seen in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 627 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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