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

Fraternal Hall

 
 
Fraternal Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Fraternal Hall Marker
Inscription.
To entertain men seeking their fortunes in mining boom towns, social clubs and fraternal organizations held meetings and offered other diversions in Kern County’s mining communities.

The exhibits on display in this building contain artifacts from various fraternal organizations in Kern County. The upstairs portion of this building is refurbished as a Masonic Lodge Hall with the cooperation of local organizations. The cubicles on the lower floor house exhibit regalia from Elks, Moose, Knights of Columbus and other local lodges.

Violet Caldwell and Harry Chamberlain donated this structure, originally a two-story farm house located southwest of Bakersfield near Old River, to the museum in 1961.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.574′ 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 in the 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. Dentist's Office (here, next to this marker); Kern Valley Bank
Fraternal Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Fraternal Hall and Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Bandstand (a few steps from this marker); Court House and Jail (a few steps from this marker); Doctor's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Fellows (within shouting distance of this marker); Assay Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Miller and Lux Survey Office (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .  Kern County Museum – Fraternal Hall. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and displays a photo. (Submitted on December 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable Buildings
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Yellow Aster Miner’s Hall, circa 1910

Lower Photo:
Farm house in Old River in 1961
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Knights Templar, circa 1941

Lower Photo:
Moving the house to the museum in 1961
Early Photo of the Fraternal Hall image. Click for full size.
By Kern County Museum
5. Early Photo of the Fraternal Hall
This vintage postcard image shows an earlier museum presentation of the building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 883 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on December 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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