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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March 24th General Meeting:

Bakersfield Muzzle Loaders Black Powder Shooting Club Fred Swanson and Joel Walling will be our presenters.

Their program, with a slide presentation, is about black powder muzzle loaders. They should answer all your questions about how to load and maintain those cap and ball muzzle loaders.

A short history of the club along with re-enacting of the fur trade rendezvous plus a demonstration of period type clothing and accouterments carried by the mountain men will be given. It will be a fun and informative program, a must see for all of us western history enthusiasts.

So mark your calendars so you don’t forget and join us at the Senior Center at 7 PM March 24th

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!