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Country United States
State California
County Kern County
568 ft (173 m)
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Aerial view of Edison from the east-northeast
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Potato farm in Edison, 1940

Edison (formerly, Wade) is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California. It is located 7.5 miles (12 km) east-southeast of Bakersfield, at an elevation of 568 feet (173 m).

In 1902, the Edison Electric Company built a substation on the site. The Southern Pacific Railroad arrived at Wade in 1903, and changed the name to Edison. In 1928 oil was found nearby, and the Edison Oil Field gradually developed, peaking in the 1950s. The community is within the administrative boundaries of the oilfield, and active wells surround the town.

The Edison post office opened in 1903, closed in 1929, and re-opened in 1946.

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