City of the Month
Congratulations to our June City of the Month, Bakersfield! ! Incorporated in 1873, the city of Bakersfield was established as the Kern County seat in 1874 and boasted a population of 372,680 people as of 2017. Built along the Kern River, Bakersfield is not only notable for its oil and ranching history but for its significant collection of historic buildings. It boasts log cabins and historic schoolhouses from all over the region that were rescued from development and rehomed at the Kern County Museum’s Pioneer Village. If you are looking for exciting local history resources in the California History Section's rich collections, then check out what we have for this county!
In July of 2018, in an effort to better support the work of local governments and historical societies in promoting and preserving the past, the California History Section started the City of the Month program as a companion to our County of the Month program. This recognition honors the diverse character of California's many cities while providing research tips to individuals interested in finding out more about California local history. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us.