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Maricopa CA & Taft CA are not typical tourists destinations. But if you're passing thru, a good stop for gas & decent Mexican food. They've been mining for oil out here since the early days & there's even a extensive museum about it. Hollywood film crews like to shoot the central Taft location, cuz it has tree-lined downtown streets, with lotsa old brick buildings & no crowds. Off-road trails are in Ballinger Canyon, in Cuyama Valley, near Taft California.
elevation: 950'
population: 9,425
zip code: 93268

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terrain:
oil fields & residential


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location:
Kern County
SW of Bakersfield
on Hwy 33 @ jct Hwy 119

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description:
Oiltown USA -- Taft was incorporated in 1944. West Kern OHV Haven: ATV's & motorcycles like the high desert hills surrounding Maricopa & Taft for miles & miles of dirt trails. Ballinger Canyon OHV Park is not too far away - for your camping & wheeling desires. They even have a Taft Grand Prix. Taft CA is not the destination; it's all the outdoor recreation around here that is the draw. Or maybe it's the prison.

nearby towns:
Bakersfield
New Cuyama
Ventucopa
Pine Mountain
Coalinga
Maricopa






Wooden Derrick - Kern West Oil Museum

Taft oil well blow-out in Kern County, ca. 1920 (CHS-2498)




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