Labor of love 56 years in the making

From Taft Midway Driller & Dennis McCall

Fred LaMarsna restores 150-year-old buggy over the years and now it’s on display at West Kern Oil Museum

The West Kern Oil Museum’s transportation building has a new ride thanks to a labor of love that began 56 years ago.

It was 1963 when Taft native Fred LaMarsna spotted an old buggy in a yard on Main Street and bought it for $75 intending to restore it. It’s been a long, off-and-on grind but the finished product is a beauty. And, it has a featured spot in the Museum building that is the parking spot for an assortment of antique cars, trucks and other drivable equipment.

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