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

The Railroad and the Tehachapi Loop

Establishment of Tehachapi – 1876

 
 
The Railroad and the Tehachapi Loop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 25, 2019
1. The Railroad and the Tehachapi Loop Marker
Inscription.  The Tehachapi Pass played an important part in the race to build the first transcontinental railroad. In the south, construction was stopped at Caliente by what appeared as an insurmountable barrier, allowing the northern route through Donner Pass to be completed first. Eventually, William Hood, construction engineer, went to the summit of Tehachapi Pass where looked down and studied the contours and grades of the mountain. To enable steam engines to climb over the steep pass at the entrance to the canyon, he designed a loop to allow the train to climb by crossing over itself while keeping the grade at 2.2 percent.

Trains still pass through a series of tunnels on the way through the Tehachapi Loop and circle the knoll in the center, on one of the busiest freight routes in the country.

In 1876, when railroad tracks reached the site of the present Tehachapi Depot, a telegraph office was the first structure on the empty plain, four miles east of Tehichipa and one mile east of Greenwich. The new railroad town was given the name Tehachapi Summit. By July 1877 four trains came through Tehachapi daily, two for passengers.

In 1876, the population and early businesses developed along both sides of the tracks. People literally started to move buildings and houses from old Tehichipa and Greenwich to the new railroad town of Tehachapi Summit. The Erra

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By Denise Boose, May 25, 2019
2. The Railroad and the Tehachapi Loop Marker
House Museum at 311 S. Green Street is an example of one of these moved houses. By 1893, a two-story building north of the tracks housed a drug store downstairs and offered space upstairs to lodges such as the Odd Fellow and the Masons. Also on this street were the Franco-American Hotel and Bar and a handball court.

By 1885 Southern Pacific had mapped the town; east/west streets had alpha names with the north/south having places names. By this time there were hotels, saloons, a post office and stores.
 
Erected by Main Street Tehachapi, Tehachapi Heritage League and The City of Tehachapi.
 
Location. 35° 7.891′ N, 118° 26.863′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is on S Green St, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 S Green Street, 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 (here, next to this marker); The Women's Prison in Tehachapi - 1932 (a few steps from this marker); Beekay Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Cement Production in Tehachapi (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Settlements in The Tehachapi Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Tehachapi’s Founding Fathers And Incorporation in 1909 (within shouting distance of this marker); Tehachapi Airport and Gliderport (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Kessing Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
Categories.

Tehachapi Depot image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 15, 2014
3. Tehachapi Depot
Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Erra House image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 8, 2010
4. Erra House
The old Odd Fellow and the Masons building image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
5. The old Odd Fellow and the Masons building
The Tehachapi Loop image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 15, 2014
6. The Tehachapi Loop
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 29, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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