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Taft (formerly Moron, Moro, and Siding Number Two) is a city in the foothills at the extreme southwestern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, in Kern County, California. Taft is located 30 miles (48 km) west-southwest of Bakersfield, at an elevation of 955 feet (291 m). The population was 9,327 at the 2010 census.
The town began as Siding Number Two on the Sunset Railroad. The businesses there were called Moro. Moro was changed to Moron to avoid confusion with Morro Bay. The name was changed to Taft in honor of William Howard Taft.
The town began as Moron in 1888. Siding Number 2 was a railroad reference when the railroad was built 13 years later in 1901. The name was changed to Taft during President Taft one and only term 1908 - 1912 in order to establish a Post Office in the town. The US Post Master General refused to issue a license to a town named Moron.