City Hall and Colonel Thomas Baker Statue, Bakersfield

City Hall and Colonel Thomas Baker Statue, Bakersfield

Bakersfield City Hall serves as the epicenter of government for the City of Bakersfield. The current City Hall, completed in 1954, replaced the original structure that was destroyed by the devastating 1952 Kern County earthquake. This building houses the Mayor's office and the City Council chambers, playing a crucial role in the city's administrative and political activities.

Prominently positioned in front of City Hall is a statue of Colonel Thomas Baker, the city's founder, designated as a California Historical Landmark. Erected in 1944, this statue is a significant symbol of Bakersfield's heritage. It portrays Colonel Baker seated and holding a document, symbolizing his role as an intellectual and pioneer. The statue is not only a tribute to his contributions but also a reminder of the city's rich history and its roots in the pioneering spirit of its early settlers.

Colonel Thomas Baker, after whom Bakersfield is named, was a notable figure in American history. He served as an officer in the Revolutionary War and later became an adventurer and pioneer. He first settled in the area around 1863, bringing with him a vision that would eventually shape the future of Bakersfield. His legacy is preserved not only in the city's name but also through this statue, which stands as a testament to his enduring impact on the community.

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Sight Name: City Hall and Colonel Thomas Baker Statue
Sight Location: Bakersfield, USA (See walking tours in Bakersfield)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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