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.
Bakersfield is a city located in Kern County in the US state of California. Bakersfield is 110 mi (180 km) north of Los Angeles and about the same distance south of Fresno.
Bakersfield's population is approximately 365,000, making it the 9th largest city in California and the 52nd largest city in the United States. The Bakersfield-Delano Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Kern County, had a 2010 census population of 839,631, making it the 62nd largest metropolitan area in the United States.
According to local historian Gilbert Gia, the city was also failing to collect the taxes it needed for services.
Wanting to fire him but fearing reprisals, they came up with a scheme to disincorporate, effectively leaving him without an employer.
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.
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.