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The Women's Prison in Tehachapi - 1932

Became California Correction Institution for Men in 1954

 
 
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By Denise Boose, May 25, 2019
1. The Women's Prison in Tehachapi - 1932 Marker
Inscription.  In 1933 California’s first women’s prison was established in Tehachapi to provide an environment more conductive to rehabilitation than San Quentin State Prison. Two-story buildings were constructed of reinforced concrete in the French Normandy style, with three residential “cottages” for inmates. Two of the cottages were complete living units, each with its own kitchen, dining room, living room, bathrooms and supervisor’s quarters. A larger cottage had one complete segregated living unit on its lower floor for black women. The upper floor became a housing unit for older women.

Fireplaces and comfortable chairs were available in each cottage and an activity building was used for movies, parties, dancing, sports and exercises. There was also a library, tennis courts, softball diamond and volleyball court. Unless physically unable, all inmates were required to work at regular jobs, including the laundry, grounds crew, farm crew, clothing factory, administration, food services and other duties. School attendance was mandatory with classes held in the evenings. Vocational classes were also available.

During the 1952 earthquake,

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By Denise Boose, May 25, 2019
2. The Women's Prison in Tehachapi - 1932 Marker
many chimneys and roof tiles fell to the ground. The main support walls stood firm without collapsing but most of the rooms suffered damage, as did the gas, water and electrical systems. There were no deaths or serious injuries. The buildings were declared uninhabitable and a tent camp provided basic needs for close to a month. A new women’s prison at Frontera was completed in August 1952 and the remaining 382 female inmates left Tehachapi for the new prison.

In 1954 the state legislature approved the reopening of the facility as the Tehachapi branch of C.I.M., a minimum security prison, with the first 19 male inmates arriving a year later.
 
Erected by Main Street Tehachapi, Tehachapi Heritage League and The City of Tehachapi.
 
Location. 35° 7.883′ N, 118° 26.853′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is on S Green St, on the right when traveling north. Near the corner of F Street and Green Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 122 S Green St, Tehachapi CA 93561, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Bank of Tehachapi (a few steps from this marker); The Railroad and the Tehachapi Loop (a few steps from this marker); Beekay Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Settlements in The Tehachapi Area

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By Denise Boose, May 25, 2019
3. The Women's Prison in Tehachapi - 1932 Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Tehachapi Airport and Gliderport (within shouting distance of this marker); Cement Production in Tehachapi (within shouting distance of this marker); Monolith (within shouting distance of this marker); Tehachapi’s Founding Fathers And Incorporation in 1909 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 28, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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