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In 1851, gold was discovered along the Kern River in the southern Sierra Nevada, and in 1865, oil was discovered in the valley.
In 1776, Spanish missionary Father Francisco Garcés became the first European to explore the area.
Owing to the remoteness and inaccessibility of the region, however, the Yokuts remained largely isolated until after the Mexican War of Independence, when Mexican settlers began to migrate to the area.
Four people died in the aftershock, and some of the town's historic structures sustained heavy damage. communities to receive the All-America City Award from the National Civic League.
Between 19, Bakersfield grew 400% (from 70,000 to 347,483), Bakersfield's close proximity to mountain passes, primarily the Tejon Pass on Interstate 5 between the Los Angeles metropolis and the central San Joaquin Valley, has made the city a regional transportation hub. In 2010, the Bakersfield MSA had a gross metropolitan product of .466 billion, making it the 73rd largest metropolitan economy in the United States.
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