look around many of the towns in Southern California today doesn't reveal
much of what it was like back in its frontier days. Except for a building here and there,
much of the connection with its colorful history has been obliterated with housing
developments and shopping centers.
However, in the
eastern portion of Kern County, a glimpse of the Old West and souvenirs of its cowhide and
calico-clad cast of pioneers can still be experienced
with a small admission price.
Housing the last remnants of our local historical
color are the community museums often pulled
up out of the dust by concerned residents wanting only to preserve the past and maintained
by a staff of volunteers.
In these small museums
for most of them are just one or two rooms the
past nestles in the corners waiting for the imaginations of visitors to give it purpose