Bena Depot
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 35° 23.534 W 119° 01.278
11S E 316424 N 3918417
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: 11/6/2013 3:49:22 PM
Waymark Code: WMJE3N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MrsMcFly
Views: 1

Long Description:
Bena Depot

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.

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
93301


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

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