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  • Poor sign, seen better days:)
    Poor sign, seen better days:)
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    Slippery Rock ~ Lone fisherman:)
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Lake Isabella Things to Do

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    by Yaqui Written May 17, 2009

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    We discovered this area and I had wished I had taken more pictures. You can see it really good when crossing the bridge on Hwy 155. Turn into the Keyesville Recreation Area and make a left and hard left again to get the area. The west side of the river is accessed via paved Keyesville Road, and on the east by the dirt road that leads to the Slippery Rock picnic area.

    You can do some hiking, fishing, and even do some gold panning. This area is famed for gold panning. Be careful, they are not called Slippery Rock for nothing.

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    I guess most people would never guess that Lake Isabella holds some very precious artifacts that were part of a event that changed our course in history during WWII. Located in at Lake Isabella Park.

    The memorail includes a beautiful granite engraved the inscprition below, two sections of the tripod mast legs, section of drive shaft for the training gear of the main B&A cranes and a "Duck" Tank, Walker "Bulldog" Tank.

    The inscriptions reads on the main stone: She was one of the mightest battleships of her times she measured 608 feet in length and 97 feet at the widest point in her beam. She carried twelve 14 inch guns in four turrents and 22.5 inch .51 caliber guns. Her displacement was 31, 400 tons with a mean draft of 29 feet.

    Arinzona served the Alantic Fleet during WWI and joined the Pacific fleet in 1921. She was the flagship of divisions one, participating in many maneuvers, and fleet problems designed to be used in the event of a war against Japan in the South Pacific.

    On the morning of December 7, 1941 , about 1,447 full complement of Navy and Marine officers and men were aboard, about 50 had been unable to return to the ship from shore liberty. When she sank, more than half of her crew had been killed, around 800 of them going down with the ship, 1,117 died on the ship.

    ARTIFACTS OF THE USS ARIZONA BB-39

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    The marker reads: Located to the northwest of here, Isabella, a ranching and mining town was named by Steven Barton in 1893 after Queen Isabella of Spain, patron of Christopher Columbu. A postoffice was established here in 1896. In 1953 the community was moved to a short distance south to its present location. Dedicated in 1980 Kern County Museum, Kern River Valley Historical Society, E Clampus Vitus Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866.

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    by jennykp Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Cheyenne's - It's practically the only restaurant around, but the food and service is good. I did feel like I was in an old western movie though....

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Lake Isabella Warnings and Dangers

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    by Yaqui Updated May 17, 2009

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    Just be advised that when you driving up and around in this area. It is still very much a rual area, so there is lots of ranches and farms. So their cattle do roam freely and push their way through the barb wire. They have very tought layers of skin. So keep it mind especially at night.

    They do not know vehicles and will NOT move by honking your horn. They are not use to this. They respond more to the voice. It is what they are use to. So keep this in mind. Also, is many states there is the open range law, so if you hit a cow you can be liable for your damages and that of the loss of the cow. Not sure if it has change. Good question though..hmmmm

    This little lost soul was separated from her herd and when I talked to her, she was not happy or she was telling me to mooooove on:)

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    by Yaqui Written May 17, 2009

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    Favorite thing: If your on Hwy 178, exit onto Lake Isabella Blvd south and it will be on the left hand side. Too me when your vacationing it is always nice to have either a market or grocery store location available.

    5610 Lake Isabella Blvd
    Lake Isabella, CA 93240

    (760) 379-4461

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