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


 Join us on George Washington’s Birthday! 

For Oranges, Olives, and History

Where: Rio Bravo Ranch, opening to canyon 

When: February 22, 2017. 11:00 AM 

How: We will meet at the Senior Center, back lot at 10:00 A.M, and travel down the canyon.  Please call Joanne (see your Saddlebag for phone#), or email (undersore) to let me know you are going, need a ride or will meet us there. The Coseree’s Deli will have some choices off the menu for your lunch, and olive oil tasting. Prices are very reasonable. 

Why: The Rio Bravo Ranch has a very long history. It was established in 1861, with a sheep ranch.  The Jewett family was among the earliest settlers in Bakersfield. Today the Nickel family farms citrus, almonds, walnuts, cattle and olives.

We will have a speaker, Mr. Nickel’s or the farm manager, to tell us all about the History, Oranges and Olives.

Please let JoAnne know if you will be joining us. 

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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