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  Link   Alta Sierra
Mountain cabin community 3,000' higher & 7 miles above Wofford Heights on HWY 155 @ the 6,104' Greenhorn Summit in the Greenhorn Mountains. The Alta Sierra Ski resort (www.altasierra.com) is located at Shirley Meadows on Rancheria Road in Alta Sierra
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  Link   Bald Mountain Botanical Area
At 9,430' elevation, a unique 446-acre botanical & geological island on the Kern Plateau with a fire lookout tower allowing a view over 1000 square miles of the Southern Sierra including the Domeland, So. Sierra & Golden Trout Wilderness areas.
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  Link   The Ancient Lineage of the Name of Bodfish
The town of Bodfish, CA bears the name of George Homer Bodfish, who came from a family bearing a rare and ancient surname that can be traced back to the 13th century in England.
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  Link   Bodfish Piute Cypress Botanical Area
310-acres managed by the Sequoia National Forest. BLM manages the adjacent 865-acres as the Piute Cypress Research Natural Area. The area is known for its 700-acre grove of the rare Piute Cypress found only in the Kern & Tulare Counties.
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  Link   Bodfish, California
Wikipedia entry for Bodfish, located at 35°35'21"N, 118°28'55"W.
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  Link   Bodfish, then & now
In the late 1850's George H. Bodfish came to the Kern River area. After his Gold Stamp Mill below Keyesville was destroyed, he moved to what is now known as Bodfish Canyon. In 1892, a Post Office was established & given the name Bodfish Post Office.
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  Link   Fairview, then & now
Fairview was named in the 1920s by Matt Burlando. Fairview is best known for McNally's Fairview Lodge, Restaurant & General Store located there, named for KRV legendary John E. McNally (who died at age 94 on July 6, 2007).
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  Link   Hot Springs in the Sequoia National Forest
Many hot springs on National Forest land in the lower Kern River Canyon. While scattered hot springs existed throughout the KRV in areas such as China Gardens, the larger sources were developed as hotels & retreats which have long since disappeared.
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  Link   Johnsondale, then & now
Johnsondale was named after a logger by the name of Walter S. Johnson in 1935 & now the site of R-Ranch in the Sequoias (www.rranch.org).
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  Link   Kernville, California
Wikipedia entry for Kernville, located at 35°44'44"N, 118°25'39"W which was moved circa 1948 from Old Kernville (aka Indian village of Tulonoya, Rogersville, Whiskey Flat) now under Lake Isabella (aka Isabella Reservior).
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  Link   Kernville, then & now
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  Link   Keyesville, then & now
Settled in 1855 after gold was discovered. In 1862, when it was flooded only two main mines, Keys & Mammoth, continued to operate for approx. 10 years. Named after Richard Keys founder of Keys Mine.
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  Link   Lake Isabella, California
Wikipedia entry for Lake Isabella, located at 35°37'57"N, 118°28'35"W moved circa 1948 from the town of Isabella, once near the historic confluence of the North & South Forks of the Kern River (now under Lake Isabella).
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  Link   Lake Isabella, then & now
Known as just plain Isabella before the dam was built, Isabella (1st known as Barton Junction) was named by Steven Barton in honor of Queen Isabella of Spain in 1893.
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  Link   Mountain Mesa, California
Wikipedia entry for Mountain Mesa, located at 35°38'17"N, 118°24'19"W. Ranch land owned by Bill & Grace Kissack, a KRV pioneer family, stated the oak-studded valley has been called Mountain Mesa for as long as anyone can remember.
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  Link   Onyx, California
Wikipedia entry for Onyx, located at 35°41'16"N, 118°13'3"W. When a post office was set up at William Scodie's store in 1890, the name "Scodie" was rejected (too much like Scotia, CA). Scodie's daughter found "Onyx" in a dictionary & suggested it.
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  Link   Silver City Ghost Town, Bodfish
In the 1960's & 70's the Mills family moved 20+ historic KRV structures (many slated for destruction) to Bodfish. Closed for 15+ years, the Corlew family bought Silver City in 1990 & re-opened it to the public. Restoration continues.
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  Link   Squirrel Mountain Valley, California
Wikipedia entry for Squirrel Mountain Valley (aka Squirrel Valley), located at 35°37'25"N, 118°24'30"W. The section of land above Mtn. Mesa, once known as Lynch Canyon, was named by Bill Kissack in 1851.
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  Link   U.S. Census 2000 summary: Bodfish
Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Year 2000 for the Geographic Area: Bodfish CDP, California. The next Census will be in 2010.
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  Link   U.S. Census 2000 summary: Kernville
Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Year 2000 for the Geographic Area: Kernville CDP, California. The next Census will be in 2010.
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  Link   U.S. Census 2000 summary: Lake Isabella
Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Year 2000 for the Geographic Area: Lake Isabella CDP, California. The next Census will be in 2010.
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  Link   U.S. Census 2000 summary: Mountain Mesa
Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Year 2000 for the Geographic Area: Mountain Mesa CDP, California. The next Census will be in 2010.
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  Link   U.S. Census 2000 summary: Onyx
Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Year 2000 for the Geographic Area: Onyx CDP, California. The next Census will be in 2010.
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  Link   U.S. Census 2000 summary: Squirrel Valley
Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Year 2000 for the Geographic Area: Squirrel Mountain Valley CDP, California. The next Census will be in 2010.
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  Link   U.S. Census 2000 summary: Weldon
Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Year 2000 for the Geographic Area: Weldon CDP, California. The next Census will be in 2010.
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  Link   U.S. Census 2000 summary: Wofford Heights
Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Year 2000 for the Geographic Area: Wofford Heights CDP, California. The next Census will be in 2010.
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  Link   Walker Basin, California
Wikipedia entry for Walker Basin, an isolated community about 3,300-3,400' elevation located @ 35°24'35"N, 118°31'17"W on the Caliente/Bodfish Road. 1830/40s explorer Joseph Rutherford (not Reddeford) Walker, named this idyllic valley after himself.
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  Link   Walker Pass (elevation 5,250')
Discovered by Joseph R. Walker, who left the San Joaquin Valley through this pass through the Sierras in 1834. The Kern River was named after topographer Edward M. Kern who traversed this area while part of the John C. Frémont expedition of 1845.
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  Link   Weldon, California
Wikipedia entry for Weldon, located at 35°38'18"N, 118°20'1"W.
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  Link   Weldon, then & now
KRV pioneer William Weldon, gave his name to this KRV community in 1859.
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  Link   Wofford Heights, California
Wikipedia entry for Wofford Heights, located at 35°42'33"N, 118°27'50"W. It should be pronounced WAH-FORD Heights, but the uninformed insist on WOE-FORD Heights (NOT!).
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  Link   Wofford Heights, then & now
Irven Wofford, a former rodeo cowboy and successful rancher, bought the Tilly Ranch in 1920. In the late 1940s, he subdivided portions of his ranch, when Isabella Dam was being built. The resulting town was named Wofford Heights after Irven Wofford.
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