There's now a post office in Bakersfield, Calif. named for the legendary singer Merle Haggard, who was born just north in Oildale.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican who represents California's 23rd District, sponsored H.B. 1988 designating the Spanish-style facility at 1730 18th St. as the Merle Haggard Post Office Building. The bill was signed yesterday by President Trump.
Haggard, who died in April 2016 at age 79, is still a big deal to folks in Bakersfield, where his post office stands next door to the recently revitalized Padre Hotel and across the street from In Your Wildest Dreams antiques and consignment shop.
Haggard's son Ben, who was his dad's lead guitarist, stays at the Padre when he's in town performing.