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

Oak Creek Pass

California Historical Landmark

 
 
Oak Creek Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, October 17, 2011
1. Oak Creek Pass Marker
Inscription.  Father Francisco Garces used the Oak Creek Pass in 1776 to return to the Mojave after exploring the San Joaquin Valley, as did Fremont in 1844-45. Until the building of the railroad through the Tehachapi Pass in 1876, Oak Creek Pass was the only route used through the Tehachapi Mountains.
 
Erected 1937 by Bakersfield Parlor No. 42 N.S.G.W., Bakersfield Parlor No. 239 N.D.G.W., Kern County Historical Society, Kern County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 97.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1776.
 
Location. 35° 3.667′ N, 118° 23.32′ W. Marker is near Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road, on the right when traveling north. This marker is located at the Willow Creek Pass summit. 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 6 miles
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of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Why Tehachapi Pass? / Pioneers of the Wind / Hike A Mile or Two - Thousand (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mountain Valley Airport (approx. 3.4 miles away); Tehachapi Eastside Cemetery War Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Avelino Martinez (approx. 5.2 miles away); T-Hacha-P Brand Mural (approx. 5.8 miles away); First Methodist & Episcopal Church (approx. 5.8 miles away); August Weferling House (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Tehachapi Museum (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
Oak Creek Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, October 17, 2011
2. Oak Creek Pass Marker
Oak Creek Pass image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, October 17, 2011
3. Oak Creek Pass
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 858 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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