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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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Midnight Battle at Midway

Written by Sarah Woodman

Until the fall of 1908, when the lands thought to be valuable for petroleum were withdrawn from agricultural entry, it was possible for two people to claim rights to the same section of land—one under mining law and one under agricultural law. Understandably, this led to numerous conflicts. One such conflict arose in April 1901.

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Some Call It Determination

Written by Francis Mayer

Man and land in Kern County have taken turns beating on each other for vast sums of money and glory over the last one hundred and fifty years.

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Movers, Shakers, & Scoundrels!

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

When Colonel Thomas Baker’s bones were laid to rest in 1872, they were placed in a very specific location. That’s because Baker, himself, selected the site for his eternal resting place...

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The Legend of the Oriental Flying Dutchman

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Like an eerie ghost ship sailing on a sandy sea, the Muroc-Maru was a full-scale wood, chicken wire, and tar model of a Japanese navy cruiser that stretched over 600 feet. Bombardiers and pilots, alike, used the mock-up for strafing, identification, and skip bombing practice...

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Filmed in Kern II

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

The Old West was a time of outlaws, sheriffs, and cowboys roaming the countryside on their trusty horses and saving the occasional damsel in distress. This highly romanticized era has gotten more than its fair share of playtime (“Cowboys and Indians,” anyone?), and it’s also spent a lot of time on the silver screen...

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Kern's First II

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

This is the second part of our story on Kern’s earliest residents: the Native American people who first called this area home.

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Kern's First

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Long before our written history began, and years before a plough ever touched the fertile soil of our county, the land we now call home was enjoyed and revered by its first residents.

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Behind Closed Doors

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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There was a time in Bakersfield’s history that was defined not by constant advances in technology, but by simple people and simple pleasures. For all the places one could stop in for a whiskey, there were just as many places one could stop in to have another need sated.

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