High Desert Memories - A Hometown Journal Commemorating Ridgecrest California
  Bakersfield
  Bakersfield is the county seat and is the largest city in Kern County and has long been the place to go for registering mining claims, proving up assessment work and proving homestead claims.   Further Bakersfield has had the Bakersfield College since the early 50's and many of the Burroughs grads from Ridgecrest have found it convenient to attend there the first two years of their college education.  It has a broad assembly of services and businesses and also has a fine River Park where the Kern River flows below the bluffs.  In Oildale there are multitudes of oil wells and I understand that now there may be a refinery.  I have not returned to Bakersfield since 1966 so if anyone wants to help put the facts right I sure would appreciate it.    For more information about Bakersfield go HERE and HERE.