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

"Old Town"

 
 
"Old Town" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 15, 2006
1. "Old Town" Marker
Inscription.  The oldest settlement in Tehachapi Valley, known as 'Old Town,' was established here during the 1860s. It was long an important station on the road between Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. The community began to decline when residents gradually removed to nearby Greenwich, later renamed Tehachapi, after completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1876.
 
Erected 1958 by The California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Kern County Historical Society, El Tejon Parlor No.239, Native Daughters of the Golden West, and Kern County Museum, July 27, 1958. (Marker Number 643.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
 
Location. 35° 8.589′ N, 118° 29.686′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of Old
"Old Town" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 16, 2012
2. "Old Town" Marker
Town Road and Woodford Tehachapi Road, on the right when traveling north on Old Town Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tehachapi CA 93561, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nüwa - Kawaiisu People (approx. 0.4 miles away); Duty~Honor~Country (approx. 2.6 miles away); Tehachapi Loop Mural (approx. 2.6 miles away); Original site of the First Catholic Church in 1887 (approx. 2.6 miles away); Gallinger House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Odd Fellows Hall (approx. 2.7 miles away); Red Front Blacksmith Shop Mural (approx. 2.7 miles away); Early High School (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
Regarding "Old Town". This site has been designated a California Registered Historical Landmark (No.643)
 
"Old Town" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 16, 2012
3. "Old Town" Marker
"Old Town" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 15, 2006
4. "Old Town" Marker
"Old Town" School 1910 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 15, 2014
5. "Old Town" School 1910
Courtesy of Kelcy's Restaurant
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,750 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on September 22, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on September 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   2, 3. submitted on January 18, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   4. submitted on September 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   5. submitted on March 16, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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