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Near Tehachapi in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Great Flood of 1932 and Engine No. 3834

 
 
The Great Flood of 1932 and Engine No. 3834 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 29, 2005
1. The Great Flood of 1932 and Engine No. 3834 Marker
Inscription.  On September 30th torrential rains flooded Tehachapi Creek, undermining the tracks under Santa Fe Engine No. 3834 which was waiting out the storm about ½ mile east of Woodward Station. The engine disappeared into the raging water below. It remained “lost” for two weeks, hidden under 10 feet of mud. It took one month to free the severely damaged engine. Its bell was never found. Almost three years after the flood the newly refurbished engine was returned to service with people lining the tracks in Tehachapi and Keene, waving and cheering as No. 3834 rolled by – its new bell proudly ringing.
 
Erected 1993 by Platrix Chapter No.2 & Peter Lebeck Chapter E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersIndustry & CommerceNotable EventsRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 35° 12.575′ N, 118° 33.081′ W. Marker is near Tehachapi, California, in
The Great Flood of 1932 and Engine No. 3834 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 29, 2005
2. The Great Flood of 1932 and Engine No. 3834 Marker
Kern County. Marker is on Woodford Tehachapi Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is 1.2 miles east of the Keene exit off of State Highway 58. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keene CA 93531, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Cross at the Loop (approx. one mile away); Cesar E. Chavez National Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); Tehachapi Pass Railroad Line (approx. 1.4 miles away); Tehachapi Loop (approx. 1.4 miles away); Nüwa - Kawaiisu People (approx. 5.3 miles away); "Old Town" (approx. 5.6 miles away); Bealville (approx. 6 miles away); Caliente (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
Also see . . .  Calisphere: Engine No.3834. Includes a photo of the engine before being pulled from the mud. (Submitted on September 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 
 
The Great Flood of 1932 and Engine No. 3834 image. Click for full size.
3. The Great Flood of 1932 and Engine No. 3834
Courtesy of Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum
Engine No. 3834 Following the 1932 Flood image. Click for full size.
4. Engine No. 3834 Following the 1932 Flood
This photo is on display at Kelcy's Restaurant in Tehachapi
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 3,288 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   3. submitted on September 10, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   4. submitted on February 19, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.
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Nov. 30, 2020