This area during its early days had no sheriff station. The local constable lived and worked from his home and court was held behind a local grocery store. So a holding cell was necessary to hold prisoners overnight if they were arrested for bar brawls or just partying it up a bit much at the cotton camps. They also used it to hold prisoners awaiting court. A substation was finally built in the 1950's, so it was used as storage building. Now they decorate it as a haunted house.
~Thanks Sergeant Voth~
Other community jails:
Maricopa’s City Jail, Ca
Randsburg Jail, Ca
Isabella Jail, Ca
If you ever pass this way, take some time and enjoy what nature and man has provided us. Some cotton statistics for this area:
Cotton, in 2006, was produced on 200,000 acres and was the fourth most valuable crop in Kern County exceeding 554 million dollars. Cutting-edge research and extension is paramount to protect the reputation of local cotton as the highest quality cotton in the world. Kern County is also home to the Shafter Research and Extension Center.
The plaque reads:
Buttonwillow was named for a lone tree which served as a landmark on an old trans-valley trail. Site to an ancient Yokuts Indian meeting place, it later became the location for settlers' stock rodeos. Miller and Lux established their headquarters and store here about 1885.
If turned onto Buttonwill Dr the marker is to the left just outside of the neighborhood among a cotton field. It is next to a piping and valve. It is in need of some TLC, but at least it is still there.
20638 Tracy Avenue, I-5/Golden State Highway at SR
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20645 Tracey Ave
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3810 Tracy Ave., , Buttonwillow, California 93206
This is a major stop for travelers heading either north or south on the Interstate 5, and it is called the Buttonwillow exit. Buttonwillow is just west of this exchange. There are numerous gas stations, restuarants, and hotels. Lots to choose from. I did find the TravelCenters of America very interesting. I explored the inside and it was very busy to say the least.
Other than diesel, gas and propane, the following amenities may also be available:
Full-service Restaurant (Country Pride or Fork in the Road)
Buttonwillow is mostly a truck stop town with lots of fast food, so we weren't confident that a decent place to eat could be found. Out of desperation, we settled on Willow Ranch. We were the only customers at the time, so the service was especially good. I had a pork roast sandwich and a chocolate shake. My wife had the clam chowder soup. The restaurant sells its proprietary brand of barbeque sauce, which is slightly sweet and not too strong in the smoke flavor. The sandwich was sized about right for my needs, but might be small for the big eater. It came with a side either friench fries or potato salad, I took the latter. The restaurant is open from 6am to 11pm daily. The comfort and service is better than any of the fast food alternatives in Buttonwillow.
Favorite Dish: I've only been here once, but I can tell by the line up of sandwiches, that except for the choice of meat, they will all be similar to the one I had. The menu selection if pretty wide though, and the proprietary barbeque sauce suggests that the dinner entres of ribs and beef could be pretty good. The breakfast menu also looked quite good.
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During winter, tule fog in the central valley can make driving along Hwy 99 and I-5 downright dangerous. Keep headlights on low, and if you have fog lights, use them. Keep a safe distance behind any vehicle you follow. I find it safer to follow another vehicle in the alternate lane. I'm reminded by one comment to this web page that tumble weeds also occasionally blow past. The fences more or less keep them in check, but they can get loose and spook the driver caught in fog.