Old Kernville lives again in artist’s tiny town rendition

Photos by Jake Lee Green
Pictured above: Dana Elliott has been working on a scale-model of Old Kernville for the past year-and-a-half. Elliott has done most of the replication by using old photographs.

By Jake Lee Green
Kern Valley Sun


Dana Elliott has been diligently and silently working on a masterpiece for the past year and a half; a scale-model replica of Old Kernville. During the past year, Elliott has pulled together photos of the former township for reference in order to craft a detailed version of the Old Kernville’s magnificent architecture. Using finely thin Balsa wood, contact cement, paint, and tiny prints of dated signs, Elliott has created nothing less than a work of art.

Each structure has been modeled after buildings frequented by ghosts of the past. Buildings including saloons, the post office, the fire department, amongst many others. Elliott states he crafts his work for the love of it, however, he would like to see it displayed within the Kern River Valley at some point in the future when his work is done. The Kern Valley Sun was lucky to display this gorgeous replica within its walls even if it was for just a few moments.