Beale Memorial Clock Tower
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N 35° 23.586 W 119° 01.148
11S E 316623 N 3918509
Quick Description: This historical interpretive sign is in front of the Beale Memorial Clock Tower at the entrance to the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 11/4/2013 8:49:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMJDN9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
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Long Description:
Beale Memorial Clock Tower

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 intersection of 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.

Group that erected the marker: Kern County Museum

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

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

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