Kern 150 years logo


Glenn Hammett/The Californian

If you’re looking for a historical adventure 150 years in the making, head to Havilah Tuesday for a special commemorative meeting of the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

There will be speeches, the unveiling of a new county seal, a “Kern County” chicken and tri-tip lunch cooked by firefighters and even a musical performance of the county’s official song, “Beautiful Kern.”

Who knew we had a song?

Kern County was founded in 1866 and Havilah, now a tiny outpost in the mountains south of Lake Isabella, was the first county seat.

To honor the 150th anniversary of the county’s birth, supervisors are going back to where it all began.

The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. and be held under a tent outdoors next to a replica courthouse and schoolhouse in Havilah.

But getting there will take a little planning since there isn’t enough parking in Havilah. If you’re driving up, you’ll need to take a 45-minute shuttle ride to the site.

Shuttles will run from “Tank Park” on Lake Isabella Boulevard just southwest of Elizabeth Norris Road to Havilah. If Tank Park (look for the big military tank) fills up, overflow parking will be at Linda E. Kissack Park further along Lake Isabella Boulevard to the northeast.

To get to the park from Highway 178, take exit 42.

Don’t be late. The last shuttle leaves Lake Isabella at 10:15 a.m.

Don’t forget to bring $10 for lunch (RSVP to 868-5376) and make sure to bring cash.

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