Bakersfield

Population

2010: 347,483, #51 in U.S., #9 in California

1950: 34,784

2010 Metropolitan Area: 839,631, #62 in U.S.

Setting

Bakersfield was founded in 1869 on the delta of the Kern River. It is located near the southern end of California’s Central Valley, with the Sierra Nevada to the east, the Tehachapi Mountains to the south, and the Coast Ranges to the west.

Buildings

Tallest building: Stockdale Tower (1982), 176 feet (not downtown)

Stores

Bakersfield has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak’s San Joaquin has several trains daily from Bakersfield going north to Sacramento and Oakland. Amtrak also provides bus service south to Los Angeles. Bakersfield has a new (2000) downtown Amtrak station.

Museums

The Bakersfield Museum of Art is located downtown.


 





Bakersfield
(Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri)

Theaters

The Maya Cinemas 16 opened in 2009, just south of downtown. The Bakersfield Fox Theater is a restored 1930 movie palace that presents concerts and independent movies.

The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra plays at Rabobank Theater (1962). Broadway in Bakersfield presents touring musicals at Rabobank Theater. Stars is a dinner theater in downtown Bakersfield.

Sports

The Bakersfield Blaze, Single-A California League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, play at Sam Lynn Ballpark, north of downtown. The Bakersfield Condors of the East Coast Hockey League play at Rabobank Arena (1998).

Map of Downtown Bakersfield

Bakersfield Convention and Visitors Bureau