Bakersfield, California

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A city located in south-central California, about 110 miles north of Los Angeles. It was founded as an agricultural trade center in 1869, and was named after Thomas Baker, who owned much of the land in the surrounding area. The city grew steadily, and its agricultural economy expanded to include diversified industries such as petroleum-based products, steel products, textiles, and electronics.

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"Bakersfield, California, USA. City Hall and Police Headquarters at left and Hall of Records at right, June 16, 2003" by Bobak Ha'Eri is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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