Timeline of Bakersfield, California Archaeological evidence indicates the presence of Native American settlements dating back thousands of years. Owing to the remoteness and inaccessibility of the region, however, the Yokuts remained largely isolated until after the Mexican War of Independence , when Mexican settlers began to migrate to the area.
Following the discovery of gold in California in , settlers flooded into the San Joaquin Valley. In , gold was discovered along the Kern River in the southern Sierra Nevada , and in , oil was discovered in the valley. The area was subject to periodic flooding from the Kern River, which occupied what is now the downtown area, and experienced outbreaks of malaria. But he was a Kentuckian, a handy man with a gun, and not lacking in initiative and resource when the mood moved him. Wanting to fire him but fearing reprisals, they came up with a scheme to disincorporate, effectively leaving him without an employer.
According to local historian Gilbert Gia  the city was also failing to collect the taxes it needed for services. For the next 22 years, a citizen's council managed the community.
Migration from Texas , Louisiana , Oklahoma , and Southern California brought new residents, who were mostly employed by the oil industry. On July 21, , an earthquake struck at 4: The earthquake's destructive force also bent cotton fields into U shapes, slid a shoulder of the Tehachapi Mountains across all four lanes of the Ridge Route , collapsed a water tower creating a flash flood, and destroyed the railroad tunnels in the mountain chain. A large aftershock occurred on July 29, and did minor architectural damage, but raised fears that the flow of the Friant-Kern Canal could be dangerously altered, potentially flooding the city and surrounding areas.
Aftershocks, for the next month, had become normal to Bakersfield residents until, on August 22 at 3: Four people died in the aftershock, and some of the town's historic structures sustained heavy damage. Bakersfield lies near the southern "horseshoe" end of the San Joaquin Valley , with the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada just to the east. At the census, the city had a total area of Nearby Outdoor Activities and Family Fun[ edit ] Bakersfield position along the here are close-by areas where friends and family can spend time enjoying outdoor activities: The Panorama Bluffs aka "The Bluffs" are located in northeast Bakersfield and are ideal for early morning or evening walks, jogs, or hikes.
Communities and neighborhoods[ edit ] See also: List of neighborhoods in Bakersfield Bakersfield has historically referred to its regions by directional names. East Bakersfield generally refers to the former town of Sumner later renamed East Bakersfield.
As a result, the Northeast wraps around East Bakersfield. In fact, Bakersfield enjoys more clear days than the majority of the U. Rainfall is low in the city, however, averaging only 6. The official time frame for tule fog to form is from November 1 to March