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The earthquake, which measured 7.5 on the moment magnitude scale and was felt from San Francisco to the Mexican border, destroyed the nearby communities of Tehachapi and Arvin.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.
According to local historian Gilbert Gia By 1880, the town had a population of 801, and by 1890, it had a population of 2,626.Aftershocks, for the next month, had become normal to Bakersfield residents, until August 22 at pm a 5.8 earthquake struck directly under the town's center in the most densely populated area of the southern San Joaquin Valley.Four people died in the aftershock, and some of the town's historic structures sustained heavy damage. communities to receive the All-America City Award from the National Civic League.Bakersfield lies around 100 miles (160 km) north of Los Angeles (about a 1½-hour drive on I-5 and State Route 99) and about 300 mi (480 km) southeast of the state capital, Sacramento (about a 4½-hour drive on State Route 99).Bakersfield has historically referred to its regions by directional names.Kern County is the most productive oil producing county, along the branches of the Kern River Delta and hunted antelope, tule elk, deer, bear, fish, and game birds.
In 1776, Spanish missionary Father Francisco Garcés became the first European to explore the area.
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 1848, settlers flooded into the San Joaquin Valley.
In 1851, gold was discovered along the Kern River in the southern Sierra Nevada, and in 1865, oil was discovered in the valley.
The Bakersfield area, once a tule-reed-covered marshland, was first known as Kern Island to the handful of pioneers who built log cabins there in 1860.
Summers are very hot and there are extended stretches of hot weather with 108 afternoons per year above 90 °F or 32.2 °C (on average between April 19 and October 12); Winters feature mild daytime temperatures, though frost can occasionally occur, often coming with dense tule fog and low visibility, causing many schools to have fog delays as long as three hours.