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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.The city limits extend to the Sequoia National Forest, at the foot of the Greenhorn Mountain Range and at the entrance to the Kern Canyon.To the south, the Tehachapi Mountains, rising more than a vertical mile, feature the historic Tejon Ranch.As a result, the Northeast wraps around East Bakersfield.Bakersfield enjoys long-lasting, mild autumns, and warm springs, giving the region a unique climate suitable for growing a wide variety of crops (ranging from carrots to citrus, almonds, and pistachios).To the west is the Temblor Range, behind which is the Carrizo Plain National Monument and the San Andreas Fault.The Temblor Range is about 35 mi (56 km) from Bakersfield across the valley floor.) was water-covered (1.14%).
The city is a significant hub for both agriculture and oil production.
The area was subject to periodic flooding from the Kern River, which occupied what is now the downtown area, and experienced outbreaks of malaria.
Alexander Mills was hired as the city marshal, a man one historian would describe as "...
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.
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.