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.

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Map and Gems Room

This room is the first one on your left as you go down the corridor of time.  Click on "Minerals and Gems" on your left for info on the mineral displays.

Hung on the walls here are many maps old and new for you to view as long as you like.  There are early maps of the Kernville, Keyesville, and several other areas, as well as a huge map of the entire Kern River drainage, showing both the North and South Forks and all other features.  It is one of the best maps for getting oriented to the larger Kern River Valley area.  It is an actual satellite view from space, made ultra clear for your viewing pleasure. You see Mt. Whitney, Lake Isabella, The Trail of the 100 Giants, the highways and other features of great interest.