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The Legend of Avelino Martinez

 
 
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By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
1. The Legend of Avelino Martinez Marker
Inscription. Avelino Martinez was of Mexican, Indian and Chinese descent, four feet-four inches tall and thirteen years of age when he came with a group of drovers to the United States from Sonora, Mexico, searching for his father. He worked as a groom for horses in one of legendary outlaw Joaquin Murrieta's four horse gangs. Members would capture wild horses and then drive them back to the Sonora area of Mexico where rich ranchers were a ready market.

Most of Martinez's life from 1853, when Murrieta and his horse gangs were captured, until 1920, was spent working at Racho El Tejon where other ex-members of the Murrieta gangs were employed. He then worked for E. J. "Bud" Cummings at Cummings ranch in Tehachapi and was there at the time of his death on August 8, 1936 at a reported age of 112, the last of the Murrieta group. He was buried at the Westside Cemetery in Tehachapi. He lies north and south, rather than the customary east and west.
 
Erected by Tehachapi Heritage League.
 
Location. 35° 7.842′ N, 118° 26.785′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is on East F Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on the side of a Tax Service Business and Kasagiri Restaurant
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By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
2. The Legend of Avelino Martinez Marker
Building and it is across from the Tehachapi Police Department. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 East F Street, Tehachapi CA 93561, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monolith (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1915 Street Dance Mural (about 400 feet away); Hitching Post Theatre (about 400 feet away); Former Post Office (about 400 feet away); Beekay Theatre (about 500 feet away); The Muro House (about 500 feet away); People of the Mountains (about 500 feet away); Site of Bank of Tehachapi (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
More about this marker. Artist Patti Doolittle
 
Regarding The Legend of Avelino Martinez. Avelino would often ride his horse into town, to visit friends. Once in town, Avelino would take off his pistols and give them to Vickie Leiva. and cross over to F Street to tie his horse. After visiting a local bar and visiting with his friends, he would sit on the street and tell stories to passersby. When ready to leave, he would collect his horse and go back for his pistols. Vickie would take out a stool so he could climb onto his horse for the journey home, as he was still four feet-four inches
Avelino Martinez image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
3. Avelino Martinez
tall as an adult!

Upon Avelino’s death, Buddy Cummings gave two men a bottle of wine to dig Avelino’s grave at the cemetery. Somewhat confused, possibly from the wine, they dug the grave in a north-south direction rather than east-west, as all the other graves lie. Legend has it that the ground was frozen solid and re-digging would have been too difficult.
Source: http://www.mainstreettehachapi.org/Things-To-Do/Murals.html
 
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The Legend of Avelino Martinez Mural and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
4. The Legend of Avelino Martinez Mural and Marker
Artist Patti Doolittle image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
5. Artist Patti Doolittle
Avelino Martinez Gravesite and Headstone image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 24, 2012
6. Avelino Martinez Gravesite and Headstone
Located on the west side at the Tehachapi Public Cemetery
Avenlino Martinez
Died Aug 7 1936
112 Yrs 0 Mos 6 Days
Daughty-Calhoun-O'Meara
Note: Baughty-Calhoun-O'Meara is a Funeral Home in Bakersfield)
Avelino Martinez Headstone image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 24, 2012
7. Avelino Martinez Headstone
Placed North to South. Story is that Bud Cummings paid two of his ranch hands with wine to bury Avelino and they surmise they might have been too drunk or just didn't understand which direction to place him according to tradition.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 1,406 times since then and 52 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week March 4, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 23, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   6, 7. submitted on February 24, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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