Coalinga solar (3556)

California Central (San Joaquin) Valley


The area popularly thought of when people say "Central Valley" which is actually only the southern half - the San Joaquin Valley, from south of Sacramento and north of LA. Also included are nearby areas on the eastern slope of the Coastal Range, and in the foothills of the Sierras. Photos are in order alphabetically, by place name.

Altamont Pass Amtrak Coast Starlight (3122)

30 Jun 2012 116
Due to track work, the Coast Starlight took an inland route going over Altamont and Tehachapi Passes, this is near the top of Altamont pass. Due to problems with taking pictures from inside the train, these pictures are poor but are posted because this was a highly unusual route.

Arvin, CA Primera Iglesia Bautista (1526)

24 Mar 2014 447
"Primera Iglesia Bautista" (First Baptist) in Arvin, Ca. The church appears to be a re-purposed church from another denomination. Arvin is a farm town in the southern Central Valley. Like many CV farm towns, Arvin appears to have transitioned from having a diverse, English-speaking, population into being a predominantly Hispanic, Spanish-speaking population.

Arvin, CA boots...(1529)

24 Mar 2014 2 1 240
Boots, apparently put out to dry...

Arvin, CA Primera Iglesia Bautista church (1528)

24 Mar 2014 2 261
Details of "Primera Iglesia Bautista" (First Baptist) in Arvin, Ca. The details of the windows suggest a church that was once wealthier than the current church.

Avenal protest 3094a

26 Jul 2010 1 199
These protest signs are seen regularly across the Central Valley. They are largely in response to actions by the EPA that have reduced the flow of water to the area. Given that the sentiment is often part of an understandable "keep government off our backs" perspective, I often wonder how that perspective is reconciled with the fact that the Central Valley would be non-farmable if it weren't for the original government intervention that created the California aqueduct to bring water hundreds of miles from the Sierra to these points. Update 10/22/2014: The LA Times printed an article today describing the Westlands Water District that covers this area including the inherent problems with providing water to this side of the valley, and the use of crops that demand high levels of water: www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-westlands-20141021-story.html#page=1

Avenal, CA solar (1551)

24 Mar 2014 193
South of the town of Avenal, and just across from the state prison at Avenal, a very large solar field. It was encouraging to come across this -- the area is politically conservative and thus one doesn't expect support for new technologies. Due to the relative flatness of the area and the problems with accessing land near prisons, it was difficult to get a picture of the field -- this is taken from next to a recreational field. Per Wikipedia it was commissioned in 2011 and was, at that time, California's largest photovoltaic system. The power is sold to PG&E (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avenal_Solar_Facility)

Bakersfield CA 2578a

01 Jan 2006 89
Fox Theater, Bakersfield (Best viewed as part of California Central Valley set)

Bakersfield CA 2579a

01 Jan 2006 125
Corner clock, across from Fox theater (Best viewed as part of California Central Valley set)

Bakersfield CA 2583a

01 Jan 2006 153
Former Kress building (Best viewed as part of California Central Valley set)

Bakersfield CA 2593a

01 Jan 2006 2 108
A shoe repair store a few blocks south of the high school (Best viewed as part of California Central Valley set)

Bakersfield CA Woolworths 2592a

01 Jan 2006 182
Across from the Kress's building (adjacent photo) is the old Woolworth, with the lunch-counter as it was in the 50's (Best viewed as part of California Central Valley set)

Bakersfield energy history (1741)

28 Mar 2014 2 2 160
Energy history in Bakersfield. The collapsed structure to the right of the center of the picture is a generating facility that is being demolished, barely visible in front of it (in the center of the collapsed building) is an oil well -- all surrounded by towers for the electricity grid.

Bakersfield High School

27 Apr 2008 178
Oil industry in the logo used by Bakersfield High School. (Best viewed as part of California Central Valley set)

Bakersfield National Cemetery (1519)

24 Mar 2014 4 289
Bakersfield National Cemetery is small for a California national cemetery, but it appears to be quite new. This is one of only two areas with grave stones.

Bakersfield National Cemetery (1520)

24 Mar 2014 186
"A place of honor for those who served with honor". A memorial wall at the Bakersfield National Cemetery. Note the 'served with honor'. Many gays, who often served and fought quite honorably, were "dishonorably" or discharged with a status other than honorable when their sexual orientation became known. Per the VA website, those discharged with an other than honorably discharge are not always eligible for burial in a VA cemetery, the decision is made by the regional VA office.

Bakersfield National Cemetery (1521)

24 Mar 2014 175
Entrance to Bakersfield National Cemetery, which is fairly remote from Bakersfield in the foothills of the Sierras. In the distance if CA-58.

Bakersfield station: Amtrak San Joaquin (2983)

26 Jun 2012 148
Amtrak San Joaquin train from Bakersfield to Oakland, at the Bakersfield station.

Bakersfield station: Amtrak San Joaquin (2984)

26 Jun 2012 114
Amtrak San Joaquin train from Bakersfield to Oakland, at the Bakersfield station.

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