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Bakersfield is an unincorporated community in Pecos County, Texas, United States. According to the Handbook of Texas, the dispersed community had an estimated population of 30 in 2000.

Geography

Bakersfield is located at 30°53′29″N 102°17′52″W / 30.89139°N 102.29778°W / 30.89139; -102.29778. Its most visible feature is an unmanned Exxon station on Farm to Market Road 11 serving motorists traveling on Interstate 10.

History

The community was established in 1929 after the discovery of oil in Taylor-Link field. The community was named after J.T. Baker, a promoter who had hoped to develop the townsite. A post office opened in the community that same year. Bakersfield grew rapidly and the population was estimated at just over 1,000 in 1930. The period of rapid growth was short lived, however, as oil production and prices declined during the 1930s. Buildings were sold for the lumber or moved off site. By 1945, Bakersfield had an estimated population of 50 residents and two businesses. The number of inhabitants had further declined to around 30, a figure that remained unchanged throughout the later half of the twentieth century.

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