The building was originally constructed by Marius Plantier in 1898 and had become the meeting place for stockmen in the San Joaquin Valley. If it’s wall were still standing today, they would recount tall tales, salacious stories and myths of the old west. After all this is Old Town Kern. The Basque Café was first […]
An initiative of the Hub of Bakersfield, using existing funds from Measure N to preserve OTK history while providing investment opportunities for businesses and organizations. People of Kern County, regional communities and families will enjoy a safe, entertaining environment to enjoy the food, arts and unique character of this multi-cultural neighborhood. https://www.revitalizeoldtownkern.com
If you Google “Basque baseball players” you would be hard pressed to find a local grown Bakersfield gizona (Basque for “man”), our own Bernard “Frenchy” Uhalt. Although he played briefly as a professional baseball player, he was considered a legend in the Pacific Coast League, and played for Hollywood, San Francisco, Oakland Oaks, and Milwaukee […]
Welcome to OldTownKern.com, a website dedicated to capturing the history of East Bakersfield. Old Town Kern is centered, from north to south, on Baker Street with Sumner Street at its epicenter. Originally it was named Sumner after the local judge and mine owner Joseph W. Sumner. Sumner would be renamed Kern City before becoming East […]
By Pierre Igoa — I’ll never forget that Sunday afternoon at the handball court at the Noriega Hotel.