Saturday, October 20, 2007

Dust Bowl Day, Weedpatch, Ca

Friday, we came down to Bakersfield to Uncle Doug's place. We arrived about 9:30pm, just time enough for setup and a quick visit before bed time.

Saturday morning, we headed out to Weedpatch, just Southeast of Bakersfield and south of Lamont. There was an old government farm labor camp, Weedpatch Camp, there during the dust bowl era (1930-40's). Parts of the movie "The Grapes Of Wrath" were filmed there. We had breakfast there as well. Biscuits and gravy, Peach cobbler, chili beans , and corn bread. Not great food but for a good cause. We also walked the short distance from the Sunset School where the event was at to the area where the preserved buildings are. Earl Shelton, who was a kid at the camp when it was active, gave us a little idea of what life was like in the camp and at the camp school.
Dawn and I attended this festival a couple of years ago. She did some research then on camp life for a report for school.

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