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

Assay Office

 
 
Assay Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Assay Office Marker
Inscription.
Kern County experienced a mining boom just like other parts of California. Prospectors arriving from near and far found gold, silver and other valuable ore in Kern County’s mountains beginning in the 1850s.

An assayer tests the purity of gold and other precious metals in a sample of rock and minerals.

This exhibit resembles the assay office at the Yellow Aster Mine in Randsburg, a mining town in eastern Kern County, around 1900. The Yellow Aster Mine is one of the most famous gold mines in southern California producing millions of dollars worth of gold.

This typical board and batten style building, donated by C. Arthur and Lillian Harbaugh, was relocated from Rosedale to the Kern County Museum in 1980.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.589′ 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 northwest corner 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. Hotel Fellows (here, next to
Assay Office and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Assay Office and Marker
this marker); Court House and Jail (a few steps from this marker); Kern Valley Bank (a few steps from this marker); Fraternal Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Dentist's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Metcalf House (within shouting distance of this marker); General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .  Kern County Museum – Assay Office. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and displays a photo. (Submitted on December 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Natural ResourcesNotable Buildings
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Assay Office at the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Company near Randsburg, circa 1901

Lower Photo:
Ransburg, circa 1897
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Miners at the Rand tunnel entrance, circa 1903

Lower Photo:
John Singleton, Charles Burcham and Fred Mooers mining for gold in Randsburg in 1895
Assay Office image. Click for full size.
By Kern County Museum
5. Assay Office
Vintage postcard image of an earlier Assay Office museum presentation.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,473 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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