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

Cook Wagon

 
 
Cook Wagon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Cook Wagon Marker
Inscription.
During the 1880s, this wagon was used by a cook as a portable kitchen to prepare meals for field hands employed by the Kern County Land Company.

The wagon is equipped with a pantry for storing vegetables and bread, a sink, a work space with bins for flour and sugar and a room to hang meat.

The Kern County Land Company, founded by Lloyd Tevis and James Ben Ali Haggin, once owned vast expanses of land in Kern County.

The Kern County Land Company donated this cook wagon, once located on the Lakeview Ranch, to the museum in 1958.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.576′ N, 119° 1.332′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Chester Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located at the rear of 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. Blacksmith Shop (a few steps from this marker); Saint John's Episcopal Mission (a few steps from this marker); Norris School (within shouting distance of this marker); Havilah Courier
Cook Wagon image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Cook Wagon
View of wagon from the marker.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Weill House (within shouting distance of this marker); Standard End Pumping Unit (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairhaven Pump House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Also see . . .  Kern County Museum – Cookhouse. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and displays photos. (Submitted on January 29, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
A cook wagon at a camp near the Calloway Canal, circa 1887.

Lower Photo:
A cook wagon at a scraper camp near Poso, circa 1887.
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
A cook wagon, circa 1900

Lower Photo:
Moving the cook wagon to the museum in 1958.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 931 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 29, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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