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Kern Valley Bank

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

The great fire of 1889, which raged for three hours through Bakersfield, took place on the Sunday afternoon of July 7. While families were attending church, an inferno started innocently enough...

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The Shooting Bee

Written by Sarah Woodman

"Upon reaching the Arlington Hotel at 19th Street and Chester Avenue, Brown ran into Deputy Canaday and told him that he had “a little shooting bee with Dr. Lemke...”

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Budweiser Rocket

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

It was William A. Ward who once said, “Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.” There was no notable adversity that drove Stan Barrett to break the sound barrier on land that cold December morning in 1979—just the dream that was carried by both the man and the owner of the vehicle that propelled him to glory...

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Reflections Part Two

Written by Gordon Lull

Reflections Part Two, Continued from magazine.

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2014 Generations Profiles

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

2014 Generations Profiles

Our Generations section is a place where our history and our future converge. Through stories of decades past, we’re reminded of the way things used to be while appreciating just how far we’ve come as a community. Whether it’s a longstanding business, founded with nothing but determination and passion, or a resident who’s called Kern County home for over 90 years, Generations is here to celebrate what makes this area unique...and as you’ll soon discover, there is a lot to be proud of.

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Time Capsules

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

When we’re young, the pages of textbooks are filled with names and dates and events that seem so far removed from our daily lives that it’s hard to accept the significance of them. As we age, the impact of events in the collective past come to mean different things because we start to realize how our own family histories fit in to the world.

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Written by Gordon Lull

Young Joe Tardiff stepped down into bloody brine waist deep off Omaha Beach, part of him wondering if he would ever see his home in Stud Horse Canyon again, but most of him wondering if one of those zinging bullets would find a resting place...

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In The Pits

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

You’re a mastodon.

(Bear with us here!) You’re wandering around western Kern County—granted, it wasn’t called Kern County at that point but that’s neither here nor there. You’re enjoying the sunny weather and decide to stop for a leisurely drink. When your thirst has been quenched at a shallow pool of water you go to move, only to find your front legs stuck in the ground.

How did that happen?

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UFOs Over Kern

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Fox Mulder is a dirty, rotten liar. The truth isn’t out there. Sure, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has given us a lot to be suspicious about over the years. And recently, those dark-suited, sunglasses-wearin’ secret agents have pulled a Disney and opened up their secret vault of files documenting unexplained phenomenon...

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Beale Clock Tower

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Anyone who has been by the Kern County Museum has undoubtedly seen the great, temporal monument erected out front. But what may not be as evident as its presence is the origin of this local structure and the resistance it received when initially being placed...

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