This famed 130 foot sign built in 1949 once graced the entrance of Bakersfield on 1101 Union Avenue once called Highway 99. It was originally a 130 foot long, 30 ton tunnel bridge that gave safe access to the other side of the highway to the Bakersfield Inn built in 1945.
Buck Owens famous local and country western entertainer of the show Hee-Haw if any of you remember that show because I do and had to watch it growing up because of my Oakie Mom. Buck Owens often said, he knew he was home when he saw that sign after being on the road for so long. The sign was damaged in a fire in 1960 and was going to be demolished. So, Buck rescued it from destruction and had it beautifully restored and reinstalled in 1999 on Buck Owens Boulevard next to his famed Crystal Palace just off the new 99 freeway. This sign looks great at night too!
FOR YOUR INFORMATION -Mesa Marin has been bought and sold to a land developer. Gone is one of the most popular Western Short Tracks in this part of the country. Quite often I see my neighbor from up the mountain road barreling down with his trusty trailer in tow and I well know he is heading out to Mesa Marin. It is a very poplular spot to watch and they have some of the best Nascar drivers from all around race here. It located way out on 178 out in a huge vast valley, which is "NOT" the desert as some would call it. If you like an old fashion race, come here! SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RATE THIS PAGE, but I leave it here to voice to travelers what we all have lost.
This a wonderful place to spend the day with the family. Lots of wonerful animals who are cared and loved here. The main perpuse of the museum is to education, recreation, conservation, and research. Many of animals were injured at one time in the wilderness and were given a home to heal, but because of their injuries they cannot take care of themselves in the wilderness again. So they help the public in the importance of respecting our environment and for all creatures who live in it. A great place to bring everyone!
Around Christmas Holiday they have a wonderful display of lights that decorates the whole park. It is actually a great time to see some of the animals that are nocturnal.
Open daily; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admissions and gift store close at 4:00 p.m.
Winter hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; November through January. Admissions and gift store close at 4:00 p.m.
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Day.
Students with ID $4
Children 3-17 $4
Children under 3 years of age are admitted FREE
If you love historical buildings, then you are going to just love this place. Kern County has taken great pride and effort to preserve the history of pioneers and where they once lived. These 56 buildings on 16 acres were lovingly moved and restored inside the park and arrange into a wonderful presentation of what an old town would look like. Most of the building you can walk inside and view the furnishings of what may had been the fashion during its era.
They have special events here all the time, Christmas is especially fun here. They have everything decorated and have tours into some of the victorian homes.
This is a really cool place. I wish I had more room to show you more pictures of what they have available the helps adults and children know how they drill for oil. This place is a great education tool with hands on devices that actually work and make it fun to learn. I recommend you bring the kids and the big kids to this place.
California Historical Marker NO. 732 SITE OF THE HOME OF ELISHA STEVENS - The plaque reads: Near this spot stood the last home of Elisha Stevens, noted American pathfinder and scout. Born in Georgia April 5, 1804, he learned blacksmithing during his youth - then, drifting west, he became a trapper on the upper Missouri for more than two decades. In 1844 he led the 50-member Murphy-Townsend wagon train safely from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Sutter's Fort. During the Mexican War he served as an ordnance mechanic under Commodore Stockton. For a time he lived in Santa Clara County, then settled here on a 38-acre tract, the first permanent settler in the Bakersfield district. He died September 9, 1887 and is buried in Union Cemetery.
California Historical Marker NO. 690 SITE OF THE LAST HOME OF ALEXIS GODEY - The plaque reads: Near this site stood the home of Alexis Godey, frontiersman and scout, who lived here from 1883 until his death on January 19, 1889. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1818, he acted as guide for John C. Frémont's expedition through the Kern area in 1843-44, and was honored for his services at the Battle of San Pasqual in 1846.
The marker was missing for some time. Maybe the bussiness didn't like it on its site. So it was probably put into storage until a suitable place could be found. It now sits proudly in Central Park at the address below. It is right near the street.
This wonderful memorial is dedicated to the men and women who sacrificed their lives while servicing their country during Vietnam. It is beautiful etched with the names of those fallen, but not forgotten.
California Historical Marker NO. 278 PLACE WHERE FRANCISCO GARCÉS CROSSED THE KERN RIVER - The plaque reads: On May 1, 1776, Franciscan friar Francisco Garcés crossed the Kern River one mile north of here. Searching for a shorter route from Sonora, Mexico to Monterey, California, he was the first known explorer to describe this river, which he named Río de San Felipe.
Your propbably thinking why Bakersfield has so many memorials. Not that other cities aren't supportive, but Bakersfield really rallies around its veterans and those who serve the military. So the memorials become a very part of our their lives that honors and celebrates their many veterans. At night, this memorial is so lovely. It is located right next to the Bakersfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lake Isabella is in the Kern River Valley, next to the towns of Kernville, Bodfish and Wofford Heights. This lake seems to be a popular vacation spot for people from Bakersfield and other surrounding areas.
We drove past this lake from the east along 178 from Inyokern, down the Kern River Valley, to Bakersfield.
If you are indeed coming to Bakersfield, I would guess a trip to our Pioneer Village should be on your itnerary. The Kern County Museum has done a nice job of preserving many of the old buildings of Kern County and putting them in a village style setting.
One thing Bakersfield has is huge movies theatres and this one is a wonderful addition. Located near the historical downtown area. This is always great way to spend the day out of the hot summer weather. Plus it has some awesome murals outside dedicated to the golden days of Hollywood and its stars.
Bakersfield has a fairly large downtown, still fairly active, with some attractive old buildings. These include an old headquarters of Standard Oil of California, now a mixed office building, and the old Fox Theatre, as well as an Art Moderne Woolworth's building still complete with old signs, though no longer housing a Woolworth's.
This is a country music venue and restaurant which local country music star Buck Owens created. Originator of the Bakersfield Sound of country music, in part a reaction to the Nashville Sound and its progeny, he ran it and performed here until he passed away in 2006. It still has live music shows, a restaurant, and small museum to Buck.
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