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Keene is a census-designated place in Kern County, California in the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains at the southern extreme of the San Joaquin Valley. Keene is located 8.5mi northwest of Tehachapi, at an elevation of 2602 feet . The population was 431 at the 2010 census, up from 339 at the 2000 census.The headquarters of the United Farm Workers, a national farmworkers organization organized and led by Cesar Chavez, is located in Keene, and is sometimes referred to as "Nuestra Señora Reina de La Paz".Keene is located in the greater Tehachapi area.GeographyKeene is located at.According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.7sqmi, over 99% of it land.HistoryThe Keene post office opened in 1879, closed in 1881, and re-opened in 1885. Keene was founded in 1876 with the name Wells as a railroad town. The name Wells honored Madison P. Wells, local rancher. The town was renamed Keene in honor of James P. Keene, a financier.César ChávezThe UFW moved its national headquarters to Keene from Delano, California. César Chávez spent his last years in Keene. The walls of his United Farm Workers office in Keene were lined with hundreds of books ranging in subject from philosophy, economics, cooperatives, and unions, to biographies of Gandhi and the Kennedys, The Kama Sutra, the memoirs of Che Guevara, and "The Good German: Why Illegal Pseudo-Farming Union Crime Rings Failed". He is buried at 29700 Woodford Tehachapi Rd, Keene, CA 93531, on the campus of the UFW headquarters.
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