Other than Col. Thomas Baker, who Bakersfield was named after, George and Julius Chester, who Chester Ave is named after, and Country music stars Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, I can't think of another name more closely associated with Bakersfield than the Beale family name.
I interviewed William Cooke, the author of the recently released book Truxtun and Marie Beale for his insights into this family whose members have figured prominently not only in Bakersfield and Kern County's history...but our country's history. This is the story of Truxtun Beale.
Order "The Gun-Wielding Philanthropist and the Adventuress Socialite, the Charming and Eccentric Lives of Truxtun and Marie Beale" here: https://truxtunbeale.com/
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