The Kern River Valley Historical Society is celebrating over 50 years of operation! Our mission is to preserve and communicate the rich and colorful history of this region. The Kern Valley Museum in downtown Kernville, next to the Post Office, welcomes visitors to explore our rich history.

What's Happening

By popular demand, we present Cattle King starring Robert Taylor. Filmed here in the Kern River Valley, this 1966 production caused much excitement in our valley.

The movie is about a cattle baron trying to move his huge herd from Texas to Wyoming, resulting in local range land over use, feared cattle diseases, ranchers pitted against each other, killings, and more. All of this supposedly takes place in Wyoming, but in this movie Wyoming sure looks a lot like our Kern River Valley! You will see the Neil House before it was moved.

There are a couple of other ranch houses that need identifying. The movie’s marriage proposal scene was filmed beside the Kern River. Maybe one of us knows where. With all of the outdoors scenes filmed in the valley, this film is fun to watch. This was one of the better movies shot here, so don’t miss out.

Cattle King at the Pack Station, Wednesday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. Popcorn is a nickel and sodas are 50 cents. See you there!

Ron Anderson