- Address: 8701 Sunset Blvd., Bakersfield, CA 93307, USA, 93307, United States
- Time Required: 00:20 Mins
- Tags: Camp, Family And Kids, Landmarks, Historic And Protected Sites
Built to house migrant workers during the great depression, the Weedpatch camp was a government rescue centre for migrant workers (know as Okie) who were running away from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. Duirng the great depression, the workers were discriminated by the locals of California and to care for them, the government used these ground to provide shelter, food and supplies.
Of the original camp, currently only three buildings remain- the library, the community hall and the post office.
The place was mentioned in the novel The Grapes of Wrath written by John Steinbeck's and when a movie was made in 1940 based on the book, many scenes were filmed here to. Even today, the core of the place remains intact with the place still running to help migrants. During ongoing exhibitions you can find historic and vintage items here including old cars, pottery, utensils, books, and personal items. The access to the camp may be restricted but a walk around is recommended nevertheless.
Weedpatch Camp Travel Tips
- Currently tours and entry to the camp is not allowed. You can call up the place for more details.
- Mostly people come here to take photos form the outside.
Weedpatch Camp Hours
- Recommended time to arrival between 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
How to Reach Weedpatch Camp
- By Bus: Sunset Blvd. at Weedpatch Hwy.
- By renting a car/ bike.
- By Taxi
- By taking a cab.
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