Southern Pacific Railroad Jail

Southern Pacific Railroad Jail (HMGZJ)

Location: Bakersfield, CA 93301 Kern County
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N 35° 23.536', W 119° 1.26'

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Approximately 3,000 men labored on railroad construction up and over the Tehachapi Mountains in the 1870s.

It took over three years for the line to be completed through Kern County. As the railroad slowly progressed through the county, settlements sprang up along the track to supply the hungry and thirsty railroad workers. In the fall of 1875, Caliente, a rowdy temporary railhead, was described as "infested with a numerous horde of thieves and robbers, comprising the worst class of hoodlums in the country."

The railroad sought to alleviate the crime problem with a jail, which could be put on a train car and moved where needed.

This Southern Pacific jail was one of the first buildings donated to the museum in the late 1940s.Marker is located next to the Bena Depot at Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum.
Series This marker is part of the Southern Pacific Railroad series
Placed ByKern County Museum
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 4:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 316452 N 3918420
Decimal Degrees35.39226667, -119.02100000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.536', W 119° 1.26'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 32.16" N, 119° 1' 15.60" 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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