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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. 


 
Erected 2010 by Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in
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.
the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is located to the left of the water tank in Railroad Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 141 Tehachapi Boulevard, Tehachapi CA 93561, United States of America.
 
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); Beekay Theatre (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arrastra at Railroad Park (about 400 feet away); Site of Bank of Tehachapi (about 400 feet away); The Muro House (about 400 feet away); Monolith (about 500 feet away); The Legend of Avelino Martinez (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
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. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 556 times since then and 23 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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