From the Guidebook:
In 1863 Colonel Baker, friend
to all travelers, came here to found 'Bakers Field.' His
motto was, 'Time will justify a man who means to do right.'
This civic center is his dream come true.
From the plaque:
Colonel Thomas Baker
Civil Engineer – Lawyer
Farmer – Soldier
1810 – 1872
In 1863 Colonel Baker came to this location. A friend to all travelers. His settlement became known at “Baker’s Field.” This civic center is his dream come true. His motto —
“Time will justify a man
who means to do right”
October 18, 1942
Kern County Historical Society, Bakersfield City Council, El Tejon Parlor No. 239 N.D.G.W., Bakersfied Parlor No.42 N.S.G.W., Kern County Board of Supervisors, Kern County Chamber of Commerce