Bakersfield, California Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in Bakersfield and the surrounding area. Town spawned in the Gold Rush era, crowned with oil pumps from the next rush, grown to a large Central Valley city. Bakersfield's proximity to I-5 and Hwy 99 make it a frequent stop for roadside attraction fans -- especially if seeking a Muffler Man or a building shaped like a shoe.

The Great Mouse Invasion - West Kern Oil Museum

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • Big Shoe Repair - Shoe-shaped Building

    Big Shoe Repair - Shoe-shaped Building

    Bakersfield, California

    Building shaped like a shoe where you can still get faulty footwear fixed.

  • The Great Mouse Invasion - West Kern Oil Museum

    The Great Mouse Invasion - West Kern Oil Museum

    Taft, California

    History of Taft and a region once dotted with 7,000 wooden derricks. Outdoor derrick, of the largest rodent infestation in US.

  • Cancer Survivors Gauntlet

    Cancer Survivors Gauntlet

    Bakersfield, California

    Statues of cancer patients run towards and leap through "gates" of treatment and recovery. This strange tableaux has been duplicated in dozens of other cities.

  • Man-Powered Flight Memorial

    Man-Powered Flight Memorial

    Cawelo, California

    1977 -- the world's first flight in a human-pedaled aircraft occurred here, now noted with a historical marker. There's also a local museum of flight.

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