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

Kern Valley Bank

 
 
Kern Valley Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Kern Valley Bank Marker
Inscription.
The Kern Valley Bank, established on February 24, 1874, was the first bank incorporated in Kern County.

Established soon after the economic depression known as the Panic of 1873, the Kern Valley Bank managed to weather the nationwide economic turmoil and survive for 37 years - an admirable record for a small community bank.

Solomon Jewett cofounded the bank, which opened on the corner of 18th Street and Chester Avenue in downtown Bakersfield. Jewett served as the president of the bank from 1874 until 1905. The bank closed amidst financial trouble six years later.

Built by Ronald McDonald around 1892, the County of Kern donated this former residence once located on Beale Avenue in East Bakersfield in 1959.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.576′ N, 119° 1.25′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located at the west end of 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. Fraternal Hall (a few steps from
Kern Valley Bank Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Kern Valley Bank Building and Marker
this marker); Dentist's Office (a few steps from this marker); Hotel Fellows (a few steps from this marker); Court House and Jail (a few steps from this marker); Assay Office (a few steps from this marker); Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); Doctor's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .  Kern County Museum – Kern Valley Bank. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and displays photos. (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Solomon Jewett, circa 1880

Lower Photo:
The Kern Valley Bank on the southwest corner of Chester Avenue and 18th Street in 1889.
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
The first Kern Valley Bank building on the corner of Chester Avenue and 18th Street, circa 1875

Lower Photo:
The interior of the Kern Valley Bank, circa 1890
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 570 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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