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  •  As a graduate of Bakersfield High School (4+ / 0-)

    I can confidently say that Texas is a significant part of Bakersfield.  Think Country Western music ala Buck Owens for one thing.
    I graduated in 1952. At that time we had over 5,000 students in BHS.  We were the largest high school in California, if not the whole country.  A survey was taken back then on where everyone was born.  The number one state -Texas, Number two - Oklahoma, and Number three - California.

    Oil, farming, and railroad were the big employers.  I don't think it has changed too much since then.  Many of the oil rigs I worked on in the 50's are still pumping oil.  Agriculture is still big.  Only the railroad appears to have gotten smaller.

    Whenever I go back for another reunion everything seems pretty much the same except the town has grown from 38,000 to over 300,000.

    I always considered Bakersfield to be "little Texas".

    "If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve; if impeached, I will not leave" -Anon

    by Graebeard on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 08:36:10 AM PDT

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    •  Ah, yes. (1+ / 0-)
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      Zack from the SFV

      And a Punkin Center to you!

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 10:10:33 AM PDT

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      •  Don't forget Weed Patch (0+ / 0-)

           That was my favorite name for a Hwy 99 exit. Well, along with Lerdo Highway and 7th Standard Road.  I finally went through the town of Weed Patch just to check it out. Not too much there...

        Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 54, new CA-30

        by Zack from the SFV on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 08:23:26 PM PDT

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    •  500,000+ (1+ / 0-)
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      as of the 2010 census the Bakersfield urban area is over half a million. Even Oildale has over 50,000 these days.

      •  That includes (1+ / 0-)
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        ...all of Kern County--but then again, the family planning clinic they're targeting serves the whole county, which is larger than three states put together.

        America, we can do better than this...

        by Randomfactor on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 10:32:28 AM PDT

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      •  Oh I know Bakersfield is not (2+ / 0-)
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        Zack from the SFV, greengemini

        Small potatoes.

        And folks in CA ask why the HSR line should go through the Central Valley?  How about: Bakersfield (500,000+), Visalia (125,000), Fresno (500,000), Merced (80,000+), Modesto (200,000), Stockton (291,000).  Gotta be 3+ million people within 25 miles of the line.

        I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

        by tom 47 on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 10:52:03 AM PDT

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