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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 County Fair c.1929

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

The Kern County Fair is known far and wide for representing the time of year where you can eat deep fried anything in abundance, watch a rodeo, purchase countless locally made wares, see livestock, and have your picture taken with a camel...

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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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Kern River Wier c.1890

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During the late 1800’s in our lovely county, the Kern River was the place to be when the summers became too hot to bear. Not only was it a cool spot for swimming (clothing optional), but it was a mecca for fishing—a tradition that is still upheld today. However, the river wasn’t always stocked with enough fish to draw countless fisherman to its banks.

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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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Kern County Jail c.1914

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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All throughout our city, we are surrounded by historic buildings and statues which bring character, charm, and serve as reminders of the incredible past Bakersfield possesses. Colonel Baker sits forever focused in front of City Hall while Father Garces tirelessly keeps watch over the Garces Circle...

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Generations II: Kern County Family

Written by Gordon F. Lull

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“What? Have you any sense of direction at all? Where are you? Burke Hill? Let me make it easy for you. When you get back into town, take Ming Avenue and go all the way to Ashe. Take a right in the direction of Stockdale, then a left on Tevis Drive. You’re right there.”

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Kern Muleteers

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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The Kern River has always brought beauty, sustenance, and character to Bakersfield and its surrounding areas. At one point, it even brought power – and more than just a little trouble for some...

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The Three Rs

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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The history of American public education is fascinating and it can be seen in the chronicles of our own area’s rich history.

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Rosedale Hotel

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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By 1890, the Kern County Land Company was in full-force, cultivating the surrounding areas of Bakersfield. The plan was to colonize sections of land within a few miles of town. One section, in particular, was called The Rosedale Colony...

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