Beale Memorial Clock Tower

Beale Memorial Clock Tower (HMGLP)

Location: Bakersfield, CA 93301 Kern County
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N 35° 23.585', W 119° 1.149'

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The Beale Memorial Clock Tower was a gift to the City of Bakersfield from Truxtun Beale in memory of his mother, Mary Edwards Beale.

Dedicated on April 2, 1904, the clock tower originally stood in the center of the intersection at Chester Avenue and 17th Street in downtown Bakersfield.

In the summer of 1952, a series of earthquakes shook Kern County causing extensive damage to the clock tower. The clock tower was demolished in the quake's aftermath. Only the original clock works, bell, iron stairway, balcony railings and arch grillwork were saved.

In 1961, a group of local citizens formed the Beale Memorial Clock Tower Restoration Committee to build a replica of the clock tower. The original pieces of the clock tower were incorporated into the rising masonry. The reconstructed clock tower was dedicated at the Kern County Museum on December 13, 1964.
Placed ByThe Kern County Museum
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 5:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 316622 N 3918507
Decimal Degrees35.39308333, -119.01915000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.585', W 119° 1.149'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 35.10" N, 119° 1' 8.94" W
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Area Code(s)805, 661, 310
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3673-3799 Chester Ave, Bakersfield CA 93301, US
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