KERN COUNTY ENCYCLOPEDIA A-Z
Bakersfield Magazine’s A-Z Insiders Guide
Every year, the tenacious Donna McCrohan Rosenthal compiles an alphabetical collection of amazing people, places, and events, not to mention some fun facts, all hailing from the great county of Kern. We hope you find the 2015 Insiders Guide as informative as you do enjoyable!
Between Highways 395 and 14 some hour and a half east of Bakersfield and nestled in the high desert’s treeless brown and gray Rand Mountains—so designated after gold country in South Africa’s Transvaal—the living ghost town of Randsburg looks much as it has for over a century, with dramatically fewer inhabitants than in its bonanza days, yet many of the same structures.
There are so many amazing things to discover about Kern County that we’re just waiting for the day when we run out of tidbits! Thankfully, longtime freelance writer Donna McCrohan Rosenthal continues to unearth fascinating facts about our past, present, and future that we are excited to share year after year.
Glaciers carved Yosemite’s magnificent geologic features about one and a half million years ago. President Abraham Lincoln set it aside as federal land in 1864. Naturalist, conservationist, advocate, and author, John Muir, eloquently argued to preserve it for future generations in the late 1800s.