Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Ming Means Money!

The Ming Family (again) Posted by Hello Photo courtesy of sjvls.org

Ming Avenue was named after Yen Ming, one of the first Chinese settlers in Bakersfield. He came here in 1874 with the Central Pacific Railroad. Colonel Baker gave him a parcel of land in exchange for his work, which Ming turned into a very successful farm. The ranch was located on the site of the present day Valley Plaza. Ming and his family were very involved in the community and highly respected. He died in his sleep in 1941.

I’m still working on the China Grade Loop thing.


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  2. Very interesting, thanks for sharing.