Black Gold

California’s Best & Most Interactive Oil Museum The Kern County Museum is proud to present Black Gold: The Oil Experience, a permanent $4 million science, technology and history exhibition. More than six years in the making, this state-of-the-art, interactive exhibition opened to the public on November 23, 2002. A milestone in the Museum’s evolution, this …

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The Kern County Museum’s hours of operation are: Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on the following days: Easter Fourth of July Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day New Year’s Day


The Kern County Museum provides interpretive experiences through historical objects to tell significant stories about Kern County life to its visitors. As a result, the museum provides a meaningful learning environment for people of all ages and showcases the unique importance of the region in shaping the history of California and the nation in ways …

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Ancestry.com Bakersfield College Archives 1801 Panorama Drive Bakersfield, CA 93305 661-395-4949 bcarchives@bakersfieldcollege.edu Bakersfield High School Archives 1241 G Street Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-324-9841 Beale Memorial Library – Jack Maguire Local History Room and Genealogy Room 701 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-868-0745 California Digital Newspaper Collection Daughters of the American Revolution FamilySearch.org Kern County Genealogical Society …

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Caring for Family Treasures

Do you have letters, photographs, furniture or other family heirlooms in need of preservation? The following web sites provide information on preservation of artifacts. American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works 1717 K Street NW Ste. 200 Washington, DC 20006 202-452-9545 Canadian Conservation Institute 1030 Innes Road Ottawa ON K1A 0M5 Canada 613-998-3721 …

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Discovery of Kern County Oil Fields

Old Sunset…………….Hand Dug Wells Up To 100 Feet Deep for asphaltum Asphalto………………..Seeps Bofore 1900 Location Date McKittrick First about 1861-1890 Midway Sunset ± 1890 Kern River 9/1/1899 1900-1909 Location Date Temblor Ranch 5/20/1900 Cymric 11/1/1909 1910-1919 Location Date Lost Hills 7/1/1910 South Belridge 4/21/1911 Elk Hills 6/16/1911 Kern Front 6/1/1912 North Belridge 10/20/1912 1920-1929 Location …

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This is a list of some of the architects who have designed buildings in Kern County. Ned Hyman Abrams (3/13/1915 – 2/2/1999) -Honolulu Oil Corporation Geological Department Office (1953), Bernard & Sacramento Streets Clifford A. Balch (6/23/1880 – 12/14/1963) -River Theatre, 1213 N. Chester Avenue Erskine Bemus (8/25/1849 – 10/21/1921) -Baer Residence -Beggs Residence -Jamison Residence -Labor Temple, 1305 …

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