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Bakersfield's founder, Colonel Thomas Baker, arrived with the discovery of gold in the nearby Kern River valley in 1851. With 355,000 residents, including the country’s largest Basque community, his namesake town is Kern County's biggest city. A country-music haven nicknamed Nashville West, Bakersfield is closely affiliated with performers Buck Owens (who died here in 2006) and Merle Haggard (who
was born here in 1937). It also has some fine museums.
In 1908 army chaplain and former slave Colonel Allen Allensworth and a group of African Americans decided to move west to create a community...
Sprawling Fresno, with half a million people, is the center of the richest agricultural county in the United States. Cotton, grapes, and tomatoes...