By the 1980’s, the harsh desolate dust-bowl image associated with the area had vanished: Kern county had become the largest oil producer in the country and fourth agricultural producer in the nation. This economic boom has given way to a new wave of migrants from the south, mainly from Mexico and Central America. With them comes a new sense of place, culture and community but also a shared pioneered spirit that has kept Kern’s rugged independent cultural spirit alive.
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