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

Tehachapi Pass

 
 
Tehachapi Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 31, 2010
1. Tehachapi Pass Marker
Inscription.  Tehachapi Pass became the preferred route connecting the Mojave and the San Joaquin Valley after John C. Fremont and Kit Carson passed this way during the 2nd Fremont Expedition in 1844. Situated at the southern edge of the Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi Pass provided a reliable way to enter and leave the San Joaquin Valley during the winter.

In 1853, while surveying the area for the U.S. Government, Lt. R.S. Williamson learned from the Indian villagers the name of the principal creek that flowed west through the pass. They called it, Tah-ee-chay-pah. Soon settlers began to arrive and prospectors discovered gold in the nearby streams. By 1869, the town of Williamsburg or Tehichipa had emerged in the Golden Hills, five miles to the east.

On July 10, 1876, the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in the Tehachapi Valley, and a new town was established beside the line on August 13, 1909. The settlement was incorporated as the City of Tehachapi, which for a hundred years has served as a commercial center for miners, farmers, ranches and travelers. Today Tehachapi leads the country in wind turbine generation technology. 


Tehachapi Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 31, 2010
2. Tehachapi Pass Marker
Located in Railroad Park to the left of the water tank.

 
Erected 2010 by Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 35° 7.931′ N, 118° 26.801′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Tehachapi Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located to the left of the water tank in Railroad Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 141 Tehachapi Boulevard, Tehachapi CA 93561, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1915 Street Dance Mural (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Kessing Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Cement Production in Tehachapi (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beekay Theatre (about 300 feet away); Tehachapi Depot (about 300 feet away); Tehachapi’s Founding Fathers And Incorporation in 1909 (about 300 feet away); Arrastra at Railroad Park (about 400 feet away); The Women's Prison in Tehachapi - 1932 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
Tehachapi Railroad Station image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 31, 2010
3. Tehachapi Railroad Station
Tehachapi Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
4. Tehachapi Water Tower
Tehachapi Station image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 15, 2014
5. Tehachapi Station
Courtesy of Kelcy's Restaurant
Tehachapi Station image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 15, 2014
6. Tehachapi Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 669 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 20, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   4. submitted on February 18, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   5, 6. submitted on March 16, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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