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McKittrick in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

McKittrick Hotel and Penny Bar

 
 
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By Craig Baker, February 23, 2019
1. McKittrick Hotel and Penny Bar Marker
Inscription.  
The McKittrick Hotel and Penny Bar is the direct successor to the old Headquarters Hotel and Saloon built by Armando Bandattini in 1898. After the business was destroyed by fire in 1903, Bandattini rebuilt it here, in its original location at the center of town. Jean Iribarne later bought the hotel and operated it into the 1920's. The hotel was rebuilt once again in 1929 by Hugh Gene Devine who operated it until his death in 1937. He personalized it by putting a "D" above the front door. The McKittrick offered rooms, equipment, livery supplies, dry goods, food and drink to the oilmen and ranchers of West Kern County and became the social center for the area. Through boom times and depression, The McKittrick Hotel and cafe managed to stay in business through a series of successive owners.

In 1998, Mike and Annie Moore, who had leased the hotel for a short time in the early 1970's said that for "two cents" they would quit the business they owned in Eureka to buy the McKittrick Hotel and relocate here. And so they did, and The Penny Bar came into existence.

The hotel portion of the building had been closed for forty years, but instead of reopening it, the Moores' decided to concentrate their business on the bar and café. Starting with a large bucket of pennies, the Moores' began decorating the bar, the walls, the sign on the front of the
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By Craig Baker, February 23, 2019
2. McKittrick Hotel and Marker
The signs above the door are made of pennies.
building, and just about any flat surface they could glue Mr. Lincoln. Over 1,000,000 pennies later, The Penny Bar's unique beauty has achieved a fame that has stretched from coast to coast. Television and newspapers have done stories about this unique establishment which has brought fame to this icon of a small Kern County town.
 
Erected 2018 by E Clampus Vitus Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 35° 18.28′ N, 119° 37.407′ W. Marker is in McKittrick, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of California Route 33 and D Street, on the left when traveling north on State Route 33. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23273 CA-33, Mc Kittrick CA 93251, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McKittrick Brea Pit (approx. 0.6 miles away); Buena Vista Refinery (approx. 6.8 miles away); Midway Field - Well No. 2-6 (approx. 9.6 miles away); Buttonwillow Tree (approx. 11 miles away); Wallace Creek (approx. 11.7 miles away); The Fort (approx. 13.9 miles away); The Fort, Taft (approx. 13.9 miles away); History of Taft (approx. 14.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McKittrick.
 
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By Craig Baker, February 23, 2019
3. McKittrick Hotel
McKittrick Hotel and Penny Bar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 23, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 27, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 27, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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