The Kern River Valley Historical Society has been in operation for over 40 years. Our mission is to preserve and communicate the rich and colorful history of this region. To achieve these goals we have established the Kern Valley Museum in downtown Kernville next to the Post Office.

News Flash

July 28th Membership Meeting Program

Charles Topping—Interesting Finds the Walker Library.  

Many of our members know chapter and verse of the Ardis and Gayle Walker story...and have visited their home...but know very little about the secrets within. The materials in the library are unknown rather than secretive.

The real secrets are revealed by reasoned thinking and observations of the details of such subjects as the physical properties of the house, contents of the books, the paper trails of political turmoil and the Art on the walls.

For 50 years they were celebrities within Literary, Political, Historical and Environmental groups throughout California. In everything they did, there was a compelling motivation and purpose.

I have realized there are fresh visions and opinions to be applied and discussed on at least 12 topics they had an interest in. I have been curating the Library for 7 years and will be presenting my ideas and conjectures (and a few facts) that will bring insight and depth to the contents of the house.

Sharing these thoughts is an invitation to become more intimate with what the library has to offer.

Tuesday, July 21st, Senior Center, Isabella.  Bring your family and friends. 

The Kern Valley Museum houses artifacts from prehistoric times to the present.  We have a large geological and fossil exhibit, mining and ranching artifacts, an interactive history of the Edison hydroelectric plants, exhibits of the movie-making history of the area and construction of the Isabella Dam.

There are thousands of photographs of the early settlers, miners, cowboys and Indians.

Our wonderful back porch and yard are home for a 1925 Graham Truck, covered wagon and the Stagecoach John Wayne rode while filming scenes of “Stagecoach” in our Valley.

We also have a giant stamp mill used to render gold-bearing ore to powder, a working assay office, blacksmith shop and a restored and furnished 100 year old cabin.

In the 1850’s, Gold Fever gripped the nation. The Kern River Valley was part of the gold rush that spurred the westward migration of fortune seekers who became ranchers, farmers and merchants when the gold played out.

The Museum stands rich in history.  Come and discover the treasures it holds!




49 Big Blue Road
PO Box 651
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-6683
10 am - 4 pm
Thursday - Sunday

Admission is Free

We are closed:
New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

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