The preservationists are planning a fundraiser for next month at the Bakersfield Harley-Davidson dealership on Merle Haggard Drive.
The image of a freight train leaving town looms large in the songs and psyche of Haggard, 76.
Haggard, who lives with his family 450 miles to the north, near Lake Shasta, was unavailable for an interview, his spokesman said.
We take our seats and wait for Haggard to finish greeting churchgoers as they drive down the circular paved driveway on Old Ranch Road leading to his home.
I know exactly what it feels like to have both sides hating you bitterly," Haggard said about Rekers.
James is a far cry from nearby New Life, which Haggard and his wife started in 1985 and which, by the time they left, had grown to include 14,000 members.
Michele Haggard, her three sons and more than 20 other families are in temporary shelters after fire destroyed their homes last month at Shadow Hills Apartments, a complex in Thousand Oaks for the working poor.
I was looking to have someplace before the holidays, but it doesn't look like it,'' Haggard said five weeks after the disaster.
Instead, Haggard and her sons - Nick, 12; Shain, 11; and Joey, 6 - live in tight quarters at the Village Inn Motel in Thousand Oaks, where an air mattress, a queen-size bed and bags of donated clothes cover most of the floor space.
Haggard admitted to Grant Haas's charge, just as Adams admitted to the affair with Beau Breedlove.
Haggard had posed as a mentor to Grant Haas, who, in our interview on my radio program, described himself as being confused, vulnerable, and filled with self-hatred at the time.
But not being like Ted Haggard doesn't mean openly gay people, including our politicians, must be--or can be--perfect We fall into a trap when we hold ourselves to heterosexual ideals, ideals even heterosexuals can't uphold, particularly when it comes to sex and our sex lives-the very things that make us different.
In his memoirs Haggard recalls how, at the young age of nine, he became aware of his own mortality and its meaning.
Shortly after realizing his mortality Haggard went out shooting again and killed a missel thrush in its nest.
Despite the "haunted" feelings remaining from his youthful hunting experience, Haggard continued to hunt on his travels in Africa.