Kern County (named after the Kern River, which was named by Fremont for his topographer Edward M. Kern) was organized in 1866 from parts of Los Angeles and Tulare counties. Havilah was the county seat from 1866 to 1874 when it was moved to Bakersfield. Havilah was named by Asbury Harpending, a man who became involved in a Civil War plot to take over shipping in San Francisco to help the Confederate cause. After the gold mines played out the population moved out of the hills. Railroads were being built and this made agriculture replace mining. While only a little more than a memory Havilah along with its sister towns of Keysville, Quartzburg, Kernville and Sierra played a tremendous role in the building of the west . . . M.P.