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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. Rumor has it, that the whole region is sinking, geologically speaking. Off-road trails, canyon hikes, and wildflowers in spring.
elevation: 950'
population: 9,425
zip code: 93268


oil fields & residential

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


Oiltown USA -- Taft was incorporated in 1944. West Kern OHV Haven: ATV's & motorcycles like the high desert hills surrounding Maricopa & Taft w/ miles of dirt trails. Ballinger Canyon, not too far away. They even have a Taft Grand Prix. Hollywood film crews like to shoot on location, w/ tree-lined downtown streets, old brick buildings & no crowds. Town is not the destination; it's all the wildflowers, plus outdoor recreation around here that is the draw. Or maybe it's the prison.

nearby towns:
New Cuyama
Pine Mountain

Wooden Derrick - Kern West Oil Museum

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


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