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2014 Discover Kern

Written by Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

Kern County is a treasure trove of awesome people, places, events, and, of course, nature. Take a gander at this year’s encyclopedia of local facts! You may just be surprised at how much you learn about the county you call home...

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A "Little" Something

Written by Kimberly Horg

About halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, on California Highway 1, miner and prospector George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranch land in 1865. His only child, William Randolph Hearst, inherited the land years later in 1919 from his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst.

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Adventure–4.5 Billion Years in the Making

Written by Kimberly Horg

Resembling a graveyard found in a distant land in Jurassic Park, visitors can marvel at the hundreds of fossils that fill Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum (NHM) in Los Angeles...

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Written by Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

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...

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Off The Beaten Path

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Vacation, daycation, staycation, whatever trendy word you want to call it, a trip to someplace new and exciting, where you can unwind and breathe in some fresh air, is never out of style. And here in Kern County, we have your pick of perfect places. For adventurers whose idea of a getaway involves a sleeping bag and weenies to roast over a campfire: this installment of Great Getaways is for you...

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Written by Bakersfield magazine

Just a half century after Columbus landed his ships in an undiscovered America, a Portuguese sailor named Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into Point Mugu Lagoon...

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2013 Insiders Guide

Written by Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

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...

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Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Those from Bakersfield are aware of just how much John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath influenced our community in the years since its publication. But there’s another place in California that has benefitted from being referenced in a Steinbeck novel...

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Ready for Adventure?

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

The Santa Maria Valley is known throughout California for its luscious vineyards and mouth-watering barbecue, but food and wine are not the only assets to this neck of the woods...

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Written by Bakersfield Magazine


The sun is always shining on Solvang. No doubt you’ve heard of this small, Danish town, with its picturesque views and quaint streetscapes. But when’s the last time you visited?

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