Southern Pacific Railroad Jail
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 35° 23.556 W 119° 01.261
11S E 316451 N 3918457
Quick Description: This is one of many historical interpretive signs on the grounds of the Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 11/5/2013 11:07:02 PM
Waymark Code: WMJDZ1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MrsMcFly
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Long Description:
Southern Pacific Railroad Jail

Approximately 3,000 men, most of then Chinese, 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.

Group that erected the marker: Kern County Museum

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Kern County Museum ~ Pioneer Village
3801 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, California

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: Not listed

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