i love you california

Episode 28 – The Weedpatch Camp

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After the Louisiana purchase and the Mexican-American War our country found themselves with a lot of land causing the great westward expansion.  Many families ended up in the mid-west, states like Oklahoma, where they were given land to farm and ranch and make something that was their own.  In the 1930s those families faced one problem after another – first it was the great depression – then it was the Dust Bowl. A series of poor rain seasons left the central part of the countryside thirsty and left the people hungry.  Without food many families were forced to look elsewhere – this is when they heard about our state, CA, and the agricultural mecca that it was. As all those families starting coming here looking for work and opportunity in what is called the largest American migration of people ever, we had to find someway to house and help all these workers.

Many were stopped and turned away at the state line, but then the Farm Security Administration came into action and built several worker camps up and down the valley.  The most famous of those still standing is our destination today.

https://shows.pippa.io/i-love-you-california/episodes/ep-28-the-weedpatch-camp

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Episode 22 – The Carrizo Plain

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If you have grown up in California there is a spectre that has haunted out collective unconscious for many years – and that spectre is the San Andreas Fault line.  Many people know it is a thing, know it affects people and public policy here in California, but not as many can tell you exactly where or how it runs. There are signals of the fault line all over California if you know where to look – but there is a great valley in the southern half of the state where the fault line is most prominent.  The best part about this valley is that no matter what time of year you visit there is something to experience.

https://shows.pippa.io/i-love-you-california/episodes/ep-22

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Episode 14 – McKittrick Tar Seeps

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Kern County is famous for a things – but it was built on the back of oil.  This is an area where the oil was easy to access that there are areas where it comes up from ground just by walking on it – where it slowly seeps out onto the surface.  There are 5 places in the world where these natural asphalt lakes occur – of those 5, 3 of them are in California – and the one we are talking about today is along Highway 33 and the heart of the area that helped fuel the second industrial boom of our great state – that of black gold.

https://shows.pippa.io/i-love-you-california/ep-14-mckittrick-tar-seeps