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
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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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.