The history of Bakersfield, California was full of promises unfulfilled. The railroad was built, but, it didn't unlock the door of possibilities as expected. Colonization began, but, the haggling over water rights interfered and nothing could be done as far as dividing up the land until that was settled. It took years to settle water rights. Colonization started, but, the town burned up. The town was rebuilt and colonization went forward, but, most colonists were not farmers or didn't know how to farm here. The water was managed badly; some of the ground was waterlogged, the ditches broke, things dried out on the high ground and flooded on the low ground. Just as orchards and vineyards came into bearing, the panic of 1893-4 broke. There was no local market and fruit shipped east would hardly pay the freight; sometimes it didn't. A competing railroad was built, but, did not compete. Nothing happened that gave Kern County a chance or offered any opportunity to go ahead and do things until the oil fields were developed.
Bakersfield, California 2014