Exploring deserted Bakersfield

Over the 4th of July weekend my family and I took a short trip up north of LA with our trailer to stay near one of the lakes that way.

One of the days we took a drive further north to explore. Initially we had just decided to drive somewhere without much clear intention but ended up getting close to Bakersfield and as neither my wife nor I had been there before we thought we would check it out.

We found downtown to be pretty much deserted and not much appeared to be open. We did find a couple of large antique malls open which suited us just fine and had ourselves a good browse around picking up a few bargains as we went.

Woolworth’s is an old store brand that I didn’t realize had made it to the US. In the UK it disappeared into bankruptcy a coupe of decades ago but when I was young, it was the place to go for lower cost items from clothing to records and sweets (candy) to household goods. I understand in the US it came under the heading of a ‘five and dime’. I’m assuming by the near identical branding they are one and the same entity

This example has long since stopped being an actual Woolworth’s but is well preserved and operating as an antique mall
One of many fish painted on the sidewalk forming a larger street art project of some sort.

There were a few people we saw but most of the place was silent and we also took a little time to see what else was there.

This mural caught our eye; is is really well painted and brightens up an otherwise dull parking lot

There was some interesting street art and some of the buildings were quite interesting and I was able to get a few photographs here and there so despite the COVID-19 induced solitude it turned out to be a nice afternoon for all of us and we will surely be back when things are a little more back to ‘normal’.

Not sure of the origins of the ‘Kress’ Building but I do like a good sign and this building had interesting architecture particularly around the windows
Window features on the ‘Kress’ building
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