Near Tehachapi in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Tehachapi Pass Railroad Line
Constructed 1874 – 1876
—Commemorated October 1998 —
The Tehachapi Pass Railroad Line was cut through solid and decomposed granite by up to 3000 Chinese laborers from Canton, China. They used picks, shovels, horse drawn carts and blasting powder. This line, which climbs out of the San Joaquin Valley and through the Tehachapi Mountains had 18 tunnels, 10 bridges and numerous water towers for the old steam locomotives. It was completed in less than 2 years time under the leadership of civil engineer J.B. Harris, Chief of Construction, a remarkable feat.
This line was part of the last and final link of the first railroad line connecting San Francisco to Los Angeles. It was a primary factor in the early growth of the City of Los Angeles and the State of California.
This single track line, essentially unchanged, is still in constant use today, 122 years after its completion. It passes an average of 36 freight trains each day. This attests to the superior job of both engineering and construction done by the two
Erected 1998 by History and Heritage Committee, Los Angeles Section and Southern San Joaquin Branch, American Society of Engineers.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks marker series.
Location. 35° 11.688′ N, 118° 32.064′ W. Marker is near Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is on On Old State Hwy, 3.2 mi E of Keene exit, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keene CA 93531, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tehachapi Loop (here, next to this marker); The Great Flood of 1932 and Engine No. 3834 (approx. 1.4 miles away); "Old Town" (approx. 4.2 miles away); Duty~Honor~Country (approx. 6.4 miles away); Tehachapi Loop Mural (approx. 6.4 miles away); Original site of the First Catholic Church in 1887 (approx. 6˝ miles away); Gallinger House (approx. 6˝ miles away); Odd Fellows Hall (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,703 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.