Kern River Valley

Historical Society

Outside Exhibits

When you leave the main exhibit room via the back door, you will find a large collection of historic memorabelia in our backyard.

We have a full size stamp mill, stagecoach, work wagon, an assay office, a blacksmith's shop, a restored and furnished 110 year old cabin, and a restored 1925 Graham Truck that actually runs.

You can visit a working assay office or check out the collection of cattle brands from many of the ranches within a 100 mile radius of the Kern Valley.

We also have an outdoor theater/meeting room where we show some of the old movies that were filmed here, host concerts, receptions, and meetings.

Stamp Mill Exhibit

Stamp Mill

The Stamp Mill was a method of gold extraction common in the Kern River Valley.

Covered Wagon Exhibit

Covered Wagon

We've outfitted a covered wagon similar to one that might have been used by early pioneers on their westward journey.

Stagecoach Exhibit


Another Model in our mining exhibit is of a 20-mule team similar to the wagons that carried ore to the mills.

Graham Truck Exhibit

Graham Truck

The 1925 Graham Truck spent it's entire life in this Valley. The truck is started once a week by hand crank.

Miner's Cabin

Miner's Cabin

The Mayflower cabin is 150 years old and was once located in the Greenhorn Mountains.