Introduction to Delano, California
Delano, California, in Kern county, is 30 miles NW of Bakersfield, California (center to center) and 73 miles SE of Fresno, California. The city is part of the Bakersfield metro area. It's a prominent table grape growing region. Delano is home to one of the two locations in the nation which has a Voice of America shortwave transmitter. Delano incldudes two state prisons. It features a state-designated Enterprize Zone. The city has a large Hispanic population. The climate is regarded as mild.
Delano was established in 1873 as a railroad town. The name of the community was provided by the Southern Pacific Railroad in tribute to Columbus Delano, the Secretary of the Interior of the United States. The notable Delano Grape Strike occurred in 1965 when the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, primarily Filipino workers, stopped working at the table grape farms. The workers demanded higher wages and improved working conditions. They were soon joined by the well known Cesar Chavez and the National Farm Workers Association. Later the two groups formed the prominent United Farm Workers of America labor union.
- Cinco De Mayo Fiesta.
- Philippine Weekend.
- 16 de Septiembre Celebration.
- Harvest Holidays.
- Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park focuses on the former town of Allensworth. It was the only town in California to be founded, financed and also governed by African Americans.
- Crystal Palace include a theater and museum which showcases memorabilia of the well known country singer Buck Owens.
- Kern County Museum.
- Heritage Park features historic buildings and farm equipment.
The nearby Sequoia National Forest includes a vast number of Giant Sequoia groves, impressive granite monoliths, scenic canyons and meadows. The Tule Elk State Reserve provides protection to the Tule elk which in the past were in danger of becoming extinct. Lake Woollomes is a popular location. The Kern National Wildlife Refuge is nearby. The Shirley Meadows Ski Area, located on Green Horn Mountain provides skiing opportunities. The nearby Kern River and Isabella Lake are popular during the summer.
Delano Higher Education
The Delano Center is a campus of Bakersfield College.