Tehachapi’s Founding Fathers And Incorporation in 1909
A 1904 news items in The Tehachapi Tomahawk began, “The question has often been asked lately, ‘what advantages are to be derived by a town from incorporation?’ The principal advantage to my mind is that of self-government.” The town was under the control of the County Government. Those not wanting to change and fearing excessive taxation spoke louder than those wanting incorporation.
In June 1907 The Tehachapi Tomahawk again encouraged incorporation and the advantages became more apparent. On July 24, 1909 sixty-eight people cast their votes at the polls. 36 had voted for incorporation and 23 against. On August 13, 1909 the State of California signed the document declaring Tehachapi an incorporated town. The town government was to be administered
On August 17, 1909 the Trustees held their first meeting at the Bank of Tehachapi and Phil Marx was elected President of the Board. The title “Mayor” was not used until 1930. The first major legislation was an ordinance regulating the straying of “domestic animals” and a tax on dogs.
In 1946 the
Town of Tehachapi became a city when an act of the Legislature changed the town’s official name to “City of Tehachapi.”
Erected by Main Street Tehachapi, Tehachapi Heritage League and The City of Tehachapi.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1907.
Location. 35° 7.91′ N, 118° 26.859′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is on S Green Street, on the left when traveling north. Near the street parking next to Frame of Mind Arts & Gifts on the corner of Valley Boulevard and S Green Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: S Green St, Tehachapi CA 93561, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 8, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.