Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Until modern medicine, contagious diseases afflicted both young and old and many died at a young age.
In 1875, there were fifteen physicians in Kern County, which had a widely scattered population of approximately 2,700 people. These fifteen doctors and the many that followed could be summoned day or night, during floods and storms, to the bedside of those in need.
There were many times when all a doctor could do for the suffering patient was to relieve pain, bind up wounds, splint broken bones, perform minor surgical procedures, and on occasion, comfort the dying.
H.L. “Jack” Goforth donated this building in 1957. It may have originally been a residence near the town of McKittrick in western Kern County.
Erected by Kern County Museum.
Location. 35° 23.56′ N, 119° 1.256′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located at the east end of 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. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Miller and Lux Survey Office (here, next to this marker); Drug Store (a few steps from this marker); Bandstand (a few steps from this marker); Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office (a few steps from this marker); Dentist's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Fraternal Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Photographer’s Studio (within shouting distance of this marker); Weller House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
Also see . . . Kern County Museum – Doctor’s Office. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and displays a photo. (Submitted on December 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 783 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.