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.
The Basques have a long history in the American West. A great many immigrated from Spain and France to tend sheep around the Sierras and Rockies, and today you can find pockets of Basque culture wherever there were once a lot of sheep. The Basques who came to Bakersfield typically arrived by train, and they’d […]