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Dave Wyman | profile | all galleries >> Emigrant Highways - San Joaquin Valley, California tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Emigrant Highways - San Joaquin Valley, California

In early spring, 2007, I conducted a photography tour along the routes used by various people to reach the San Joaquin Valley of California, from Okies and Texans in the 1930s to the influx of Latinos in the latter half of the 20th Century.

The San Joaquin Valley, which is the southern two thirds of the Great Central Valley of California, is perhaps the richest agricultural valley in the world. It lies between the Sierra Nevada and Tehachapi Mountains to the east, and the Coast Range Mountains to the west.

We found a diverse range of subjects, from people to wildflowers, from animals to architecture, including the few building still standing at the Sunset Labor Camp, the place made famous in the John Steinbeck novel, Grapes of Wrath. Our explorations to us to the Central Valley towns of Bakersfield, Arvin, and Weedpatch, and into the Tehachapi Mountains, and along a variety of old highways and back roads.
Fox Theater in Reflection, Bakersfield
Fox Theater in Reflection, Bakersfield
Fox Theater, Bakersfield
Fox Theater, Bakersfield
Get Your Tat!
Get Your Tat!
Mural Reflection, Bakersfied
Mural Reflection, Bakersfied
Fox Theater, Bakersfield
Fox Theater, Bakersfield
Half Full or Half Empty?
Half Full or Half Empty?
Straws Inside the Nile Theater
Straws Inside the Nile Theater
Alley Cat Bar
Alley Cat Bar
Street Reflection
Street Reflection
Neon Reflected in an Irrigation Canal, Bakersfield
Neon Reflected in an Irrigation Canal, Bakersfield
Zooming in on the Wool Growers Restaurant, Bakersfield
Zooming in on the Wool Growers Restaurant, Bakersfield
Waitresses on Break, Basque Restaurant, Bakersfield
Waitresses on Break, Basque Restaurant, Bakersfield
Hello, Dolly! Actress Leslie Lane
Hello, Dolly! Actress Leslie Lane
Tehachapi Loop
Tehachapi Loop
Tracks, Tehachapi Loop
Tracks, Tehachapi Loop
Locomotive on the Tehachapi Loop
Locomotive on the Tehachapi Loop
The Tehachapi Loop
The Tehachapi Loop
New Grapes
New Grapes
Abstract Patterns on a Disc Machine
Abstract Patterns on a Disc Machine
Caesar Chavez Gravesite
Caesar Chavez Gravesite
Caesar Chavez Memorial
Caesar Chavez Memorial
chickens.jpg
chickens.jpg
Renovation in Arvin, California
Renovation in Arvin, California
Our Hosts at the Best Western
Our Hosts at the Best Western
Black Bear at the California Living Museum, near Bakersfield
Black Bear at the California Living Museum, near Bakersfield
Black Bear with Lunch, California Living Museum
Black Bear with Lunch, California Living Museum
Happy Bobcat, California Living Museum
Happy Bobcat, California Living Museum
Turtle with Young Friend
Turtle with Young Friend
Chuckwalla
Chuckwalla
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Poppies Near Arvin, California
Poppies Near Arvin, California
Poppy with Honey Bee
Poppy with Honey Bee
Lupine along Highway 223
Lupine along Highway 223
Child and her Mother Near Keene
Child and her Mother Near Keene
The Good Life
The Good Life
Alberto's Horse
Alberto's Horse
Cowboy near Lamont, California
Cowboy near Lamont, California
Martin Etchamendy, Basque Sheep Rancher
Martin Etchamendy, Basque Sheep Rancher
Sheep Shearing Encampment
Sheep Shearing Encampment
Waiting their Turn
Waiting their Turn
Shearing Sheep
Shearing Sheep
Sheep is Shorn
Sheep is Shorn
Summer Wear
Summer Wear
Cobwebs at the Sunset Labor Camp, Weedpatch, California
Cobwebs at the Sunset Labor Camp, Weedpatch, California
View at the Sunset Labor Camp
View at the Sunset Labor Camp
Cracked Window, Sunset Labor Camp
Cracked Window, Sunset Labor Camp
Sunset Labor Camp
Sunset Labor Camp