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

Early Settlers

 
 
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By Denise Boose, May 25, 2019
1. Early Settlers Marker
Inscription.  California became a state in 1850. Settlers could lay claim to land by homestead, timber, mining and pre-emption rights. John and Amanda Brite were the first permanent settlers in the Tehachapi area, arriving in 1854 from Texas, building a mission style log cabin near present day Tehachapi. After four years they sold the land and built an adobe house in what is now known as Brite Valley.

Other settlers such as George Cumming, Francois Chanac, Grant Price Cuddeback, P.D. Green, the Fickerts, Wiggins, Smiths, Harts, Hicks, Freemans, Bodens, and Tungates soon arrived, settling in Brite Valley, Bear Valley and Cummings Valley where they raised cattle and grain.

In 1866 Kern County was formed from parts of Tulare and Los Angeles counties. James E. Williams came to the Tehachapi Valley in 1867. By 1869 he had built a house on a large parcel of land to which he laid claim, laying out a town site he called Williamsburg and building a hotel and blacksmith. The names of three streets are known, Bullion Street, Tehichipa and Main Street. The Grange Society was established and entered the mercantile trade, Mr. Tyler operated a drug store and

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By Denise Boose, May 25, 2019
2. Early Settlers Marker
by May 1876 three doctors were practicing in Tehichipa, Dr. McClanahan, Dr. Labon Alverson and Dr. William B. Brink.

A public tax-supported school was built. Louisa Jewett was the first teacher, being the third public school teacher in Kern County. In 1870, Louisa married Angus Crites. The original Tehichipa to Bakersfield toll road ran in front of their house in Hart Flat. Their son, Arthur Crites, wrote about the early settlers as well as tales about the Tehachapi Valley and old Tehichipa. He wrote that every man carried his six-shooter and this area, into the latter part of the 19th century, was known throughout Kern County as “that rough place.” In the early 1870s, gold bullion was hauled from the Cerro Gordo Mine in the Owens Valley to San Pedro to be loaded on ships enroute to San Francisco. In 1872 it was found quicker to haul the bullion through Tehichipa to the railhead at Caliente and ship it to San Francisco by rail.
 
Erected by Main Street Tehachapi, Tehachapi Heritage League and The City of Tehachapi.
 
Location. 35° 7.812′ N, 118° 26.88′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is on S Green Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 S Green Street, Tehachapi CA 93561, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking

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By Denise Boose, May 25, 2019
3. Early Settlers Marker
distance of this marker. Ranching, Farming and Orchards (a few steps from this marker); First Roads and Highway 58 (a few steps from this marker); Real Estate Development Since The 1960s (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Explorers in the Tehachapi Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Mining, Gold, Salt and Limestone (within shouting distance of this marker); Importance of Water and Creation of Brite Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); Tehachapi Hospital (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 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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