Introduction to Taft, California
Taft, California, in Kern county, is 29 miles SW of Bakersfield, California and 102 miles NW of Los Angeles, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Bakersfield metropolitan area with. Taft's population is approximately 6,400.
Taft was the site of a military airfield during World War II. The Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in the area in 1900. A major part of the community was burned in a fire in the 1920s. The community was named in honor of President William Howard Taft.
Taft and nearby Attractions
- Kern National Wildlife Refuge
- Bakersfield Museum of Art
- Gaviota State Park
- Hans Christian Andersen Museum
- Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge
- Elverhoj Museum of History & Art
Things To Do In Taft
Local shopping centers include the Taft Hills Plaza Shopping Center, the Hall Mart Shopping Center and the Westside Shopping Center. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Seven Oaks 1 Course and the Buena Vista Golf Course. Local churches include Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Church and the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church. The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum and the Wildling Art Museum are all nearby as well.
Meadows Field Airport is nearby.
Taft Higher Education
Taft College, Bakersfield College, Moorpark College and Ventura College are the local colleges.