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.

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July 26 General Meeting

David Barr, Harley Davidson World Traveler



Dave’s presentation begins with his time in the Marines through his military life and leads to his adventures on a motorcycle. Dave is a true world traveler who has logged well over 80,000 miles on a motorcycle as he traveled around the globe more than once.

A noted speaker who has filled his life with adventure, he brings it to us in his own special way. You will almost think you were there as he spins his web of adventure, despair, and triumphs. You will learn how he made friends around the world as he rode from country to country on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.


And as an aside, according to Brend Tasch, noted historian, there has only been 70 people since 1912 who have successfully circumnavigated the world, and Dave Barr is one of them. He also completed two Guinness world record rides.

Come to the meeting, bring a friend, and prepare to be entertained on a grand scale.


Tuesday, July 26th at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. 

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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