The Cul-de-Sac

This week’s new Bakersfield post is a little late, but for good reason. I was out of town this last weekend attending my parents’ 50th anniversary in my hometown of Derby, Kansas. While there, I had a chance to drive past our old family home that was on a cul-de-sac much like the one featured…

The Culvert

When I was a bored teenager growing up in Kansas, my friends and I liked to explore odd places to amuse ourselves. One of our favorite destinations was a large culvert in our hometown of Derby, Kansas that just happened to have the best acoustics when it came to making music. We would often take instruments…

The Streets of Bakersfield

“The Streets of Bakersfield” is one of Buck Owens most famous songs. Owens was a country music legend who pioneered the “Bakersfield Sound” which includes rock and roll elements, twangy guitar and close, two-part harmonies. Owens was also the co-host of Hee-Haw a country music variety show that my sister and I were OBSESSED with as kids….

The Library

Here we go! Our first mult-panel page! I know, I’m using a lot of exclamation marks! But I’m excited to finally start telling our story. Who knows? I might re-think this whole strategy of opening the book with so many full-page, people-free images. I think it’s leftover from my training as a filmmaker. Perhaps I’ll add a…

The Warehouse

We’re nearing the end of our opening tour of Bakersfield locations featured in the beginning of the book. Next week we’ll start telling our story but not before visiting this desolate warehouse location which is featured prominently in the climax of Bakersfield, Earth. I searched Google Maps high and low for a real warehouse location in…

Downtown Bakersfield

Week 6 – Downtown Bakersfield If you ever visit Bakersfield, you can’t miss seeing the famed Bakersfield Arch! Built in 1949, the original arch was a pedestrian walkway that connected the old and new parts of the famed Bakersfield Inn after it decided to expand. Most cities on US 99 had an arched sign spanning the…

Windy Pines Trailer Park

Week 5 – Windy Pines Trailer Park This week we introduce a new location: Windy Pines Trailer Park.  Windy Pines is mentioned in our first issue, Bakersfield, Earth: Evolution when Mabel describes growing up here with Judy. We won’t be coming back here until near the end of our story, but this location plays a pivotal…

The P-Nut Grill

Not much has changed in the 18 years since we first stepped into The P-Nut Grill. This is where Betrice and Judy met for the first time in 1973 and it’s here that the story of Bakersfield, Earth has its origin. Now it’s years later and the place looks much like it did in the 70s. Mabel is still the…

The Orchard Motel

Welcome to the Orchard Motel. Time hasn’t been kind to this roadside escape. The current issue of Bakersfield, Earth takes place in 1991, eighteen years after we are first introduced to this location. It was here in 1973 that Judy and Betrice have their one and only night of passionate bliss. In the end, it’s also…