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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BAKERSFIELD!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BAKERSFIELD!

It's no. 124 for California's ninth largest city

The city that gave its name to the famous Bakersfield Sound turns 124 on January 11. 

It was 124 years ago that Bakersfield was incorporated. Yet many may not know that Bakersfield had incorporated once before. 

Bakersfield was first incorporated in 1873 but voters decided to dis-incorporate in 1876.  It would not be for another 22 years until Bakersfield incorporated for a second time, this time on January 11, 1898.  At that time, the new city’s population was around 4,000 people who were spread over seven square miles. 

Today, 124 years later, the City of Bakersfield is more than 151 square miles and boasts a population of 403,455.

Happy birthday, Bakersfield.  And many more!

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