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Music legend Merle Haggard's renovated boyhood home opens to the public

Merle Haggard's family joins local dignitaries Sunday, April 9, 2017, in cutting the ribbon on the renovated boxcar that served as Haggard's boyhood home in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Merle Haggard once sang, "Two miles down a gravel road, I could see the proud old home."

And in what seemed like 2 miles of people lined up outside his newly restored childhood home, so could many others.

Fuzzy Owen, Haggard's longtime manager and friend, reminisced about the late, great country legend.

"Merle came from a boxcar to being the No. 1 county artist," he said. "That is a long ways."

Kern Pioneer Village opened Haggard's newly restored boyhood home Sunday for public viewing. The restoration project was made possible by the Cynthia Lake Charitable Trust and the Citizens Preserving History.

The project has been underway for a little more than two years.

Wife Theresa Haggard said the house brings back sweet memories.

"They came out from Oklahoma. They didn't have much, except a lot of faith, hope, and a lot of love," she said.

More information about the Haggard Boxcar Festival can be found at here.

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