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

Tehachapi Loop

 
 
Tehachapi Loop Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mandy Kirby
1. Tehachapi Loop Marker
Inscription.  From this spot may be seen a portion of the world-renowned “Loop.” It was completed in 1876 under the direction of William Hood, Southern Pacific Railroad Engineer. In gaining elevation around central hill of loop a 4000 foot train will cross 77 feet above its rear cars in tunnel below.
 
Erected 1953 by The Kern County Historical Society Bakersfield Parlor No.42 N.S.G.W., El Tejon Parlor N.D.G.W., Kern County Museum, Southern Pacific Railroad. (Marker Number 508.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLandmarksMan-Made FeaturesRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the ASCE Civil Engineering Landmarks, the California Historical Landmarks, the Chinese Heritage Sites of the American West, the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West, and the Southern Pacific Railroad series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
 
Location. 35° 11.707′ N, 118° 32.081′ W. Marker is near Tehachapi, California, in Kern County.
Tehachapi Loop Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, August 9, 2021
2. Tehachapi Loop Marker
The markers were moved to each end of the new viewing stand for the Tehachapi Loop.
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Marker is on Woodford-Tehachapi Road, 3.2 mi E of Keene exit, on the left when traveling east. 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. Tehachapi Pass Railroad Line (a few steps from this marker); The Cross at the Loop (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Great Flood of 1932 and Engine No. 3834 (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cesar E. Chavez National Monument (approx. 2.4 miles away); Nüwa - Kawaiisu People (approx. 4 miles away); "Old Town" (approx. 4.2 miles away); Duty~Honor~Country (approx. 6.4 miles away); Tehachapi Loop Mural (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
More about this marker. This site is California Historical Landmark No. 508 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
 
Tehachapi Loop Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, August 9, 2021
3. Tehachapi Loop Marker
Tehachapi Loop has a new viewing stand and the markers were moved to each end of the viewing stand.
Old view of markers - 2019 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 21, 2019
4. Old view of markers - 2019
Vintage Postcard - The Loop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bvnc
5. Vintage Postcard - The Loop
As the Southern Pacific winds through the most difficult part of the range, it swings around and across its own track in an effort to relieve the grade. The famous loop is a very ingenious feet of engineering.
Tehachapi Loop State Landmark Directional Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 29, 2005
6. Tehachapi Loop State Landmark Directional Sign
Freight Train on theTehachapi Loop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, August 12, 2007
7. Freight Train on theTehachapi Loop
Tehachapi Loop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James King, September 24, 2011
8. Tehachapi Loop
Tehachapi Loop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mandy Kirby
9. Tehachapi Loop
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 3,247 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on May 26, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on January 5, 2019, by Mandy Kirby of Clovis, California.   2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2021, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   4. submitted on September 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   5. submitted on September 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   6. submitted on December 4, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   7. submitted on January 16, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   8. submitted on September 27, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.   9. submitted on January 5, 2019, by Mandy Kirby of Clovis, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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May. 22, 2022