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after Sutter' Fort in Sacramento, California, which was built
November 11, 1938 by the WPA under President Franklin D.
Roosevelt and County of Kern.
||It took 83
workmen 18 months to build, and was completed and dedicated
May 22, 1940
Parsons was the architect and designer of The Fort.
native adobe mud bricks made at the site, under designer W.
covers nearly three acres measuring 360 feet by 200 feet, and
over 1,000 feet around the outside walls. The walls are 14
building, the auditorium, is patterned after Sutter's which
housed his offices and clerks. the original auditorium was
damaged in the 1952 earthquake, and was rebuilt to safety
||In 1940, The
Fort held Federal, State, and County offices. The South wing
was also the county hospital, and many babies were born here
until 1951 when Westside Hospital was
War II, The Fort held the local draft board office where all
local soldiers received their call-up notices and discharges.
Korean War, a National Guard Unit was stationed at The Fort.
They drilled in the back parking lot and built the additional
adobe lean-to-structures to house arms and vehicles.
children received their vaccinations and new polio vaccine at
the County Health Clinic at The Fort.
||In 1980, due
to large cracks in the outside walls, a building study was
done. The Fort was declared "unsafe for major earthquake" and
all county offices were moved, leaving it vacant for several
||Due to efforts
of Assemblyman Trice Harvey, The Fort was dedicated a State
Historic Landmark on May 8, 1980. It was listed in the
National Register of Historic Places on July 22, 1981. This
saved the building from being
||In 1985, The
Fort was given to the West Kern Oil Museum. Seven years later,
in December 1992, The Fort Preservation Society was formed and
became the owner of The Fort.
board governs The Fort Preservation Society. The board employs
an Executive Director to handle the daily operations and a
Caretaker to maintain the facilities of The Fort.
||The Fort is a
nonprofit organization depending on memberships, donations,
and office and event rentals to maintain and preserve the
structure and grounds. It is used for weddings, parties,
school events, class reunions, meetings, and other community
and public functions.
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