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As a result, the Northeast wraps around East Bakersfield.Bakersfield's long summers gives the region a climate suitable for growing a variety of crops (ranging from carrots to citrus, almonds, and pistachios).To the west is the Temblor Range, behind which is the Carrizo Plain National Monument and the San Andreas Fault.The Temblor Range is about 35 mi (56 km) from Bakersfield across the valley floor.) was water-covered (1.14%).The earthquake, which measured 7.5 on the moment magnitude scale and was felt from San Francisco to the Mexican border, destroyed the nearby communities of Tehachapi and Arvin.The earthquake's destructive force also bent cotton fields into U shapes, slid a shoulder of the Tehachapi Mountains across all four lanes of the Ridge Route, collapsed a water tower creating a flash flood, and destroyed the railroad tunnels in the mountain chain.an old man by the time he became Marshal of Bakersfield, and he walked with a cane.But he was a Kentuckian, a handy man with a gun, and not lacking in initiative and resource when the mood moved him." Businessmen and others began to resent Mills, who was cantankerous and high-handed in his treatment of them.
A large aftershock occurred on July 29, and did minor architectural damage, but raised fears that the flow of the Friant-Kern Canal could be dangerously altered, potentially flooding the city and surrounding areas.
The area was subject to periodic flooding from the Kern River, which occupied what is now the downtown area, and experienced outbreaks of malaria.
Alexander Mills was hired as the city marshal, a man one historian would describe as "...
Aftershocks, for the next month, had become normal to Bakersfield residents until, on August 22 at pm, a 5.8 earthquake struck directly under the town's center in the most densely populated area of the southern San Joaquin Valley.
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.