Bena Depot

Bena Depot (HMGOH)

Location: Bakersfield, CA 93301 Kern County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 23.534', W 119° 1.278'

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Situated at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, Kern County was part of a natural corridor for a railroad running between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The Southern Pacific Railroad began laying track southward from San Francisco through the San Joaquin Valley in the 1870s. The Tehachapi Mountains were the last obstacle to finishing the railroad. The steep climb from the valley floor up the mountains was overcome with an engineering marvel known as the Tehachapi Loop, which conquered the ascent by looping the train around and crossing over itself. By 1876, the railroad to Los Angeles was completed.

The Bena Depot was located a few miles west of the Tehachapi Loop. This freight depot also operated as a telegraph station helping to route trains over the Tehachapi Mountains.

The Southern Pacific and Santa Fe railroads donated the depot to the museum in 1961.
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 2:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 316424 N 3918417
Decimal Degrees35.39223333, -119.02130000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.534', W 119° 1.278'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 32.04" N, 119° 1' 16.68" W
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Area Code(s)805, 661, 310
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3505 Chester Ave, Bakersfield CA 93301, US
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