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

Monolith

California

 
 
Monolith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
1. Monolith Marker
Inscription.
1906-1914: City of Los Angeles builds and operates plant to make cement for Los Angeles Aqueduct and also constructs town named Aqueduct to house workers and families.
1910: Aqueduct train station and post office are renamed Monolith.
1920: U.S. Potash Co. leases plant from City of Los Angeles.
1921-1989: Monolith Portland Cement Co. is created, buys and operates plant.
1923: Coy Burnett buys out Monolith partners, becomes President and owner.
1941-1945: Cement production used by U.S. Government for WWII War effort.
1955: Coy Burnett donates land to the City of Tehachapi for community projects and parks.
1958: Monolith donates cement and employees volunteer to help build Tehachapi High School Football Field.
1970: Coy Burnett steps down as President and soon after passes away at age 82.
1960-1975: Town of Monolith is vacated and dismantled.
1970ís: Plant is modernized and production dramatically increased.
1989: Calaveras Cement Co. purchases plant through parent company CBR Cement Co.
1990-1991: New, modernized production facility built.
1995: Lehigh Cement Co., through parent Heidelberg Cement Group, purchases Calaveras Cement Co. and operates plant.
2002: Plant renamed Lehigh Southwest Cement Co.
 
Erected 2008 by Main Street Tehachapi
Monolith Marker is 15 X 72 feet long. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 3, 2011
2. Monolith Marker is 15 X 72 feet long.
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Location. 35° 7.864′ N, 118° 26.84′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is on East F Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. This is located on the south side of St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store. Marker is at or near this postal address: 122 South Green St, Tehachapi CA 93561, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hitching Post Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Bank of Tehachapi (within shouting distance of this marker); Beekay Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); People of the Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); The Legend of Avelino Martinez (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the Kessing Building (about 300 feet away); Former Post Office (about 400 feet away); 1915 Street Dance Mural (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
More about this marker. Painted by artist Art Mortimer. Assisted by Lyn Bennett Asher with Allyson Gray, Caitlin Johnson, Alicia Shabra.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable EventsNotable Persons
 
The Monolith Store image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
3. The Monolith Store
It was owned by Ed Tompkins. It was a cafe, post office, and sold gasoline and sat right across the street from the plant.
Monolith Townsite-1958 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
4. Monolith Townsite-1958
Monolith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
5. Monolith Marker
Monolith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
6. Monolith Marker
Monolith in the 1920's image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose
7. Monolith in the 1920's
From The Tehachapi News.
Lehigh Cement Company-Tehachapi Plant image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 5, 2036
8. Lehigh Cement Company-Tehachapi Plant
Lehigh Cement Company-Tehachapi Plant image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2036
9. Lehigh Cement Company-Tehachapi Plant
Taken from across the street on Techachapi Blvd.
Possibly the Monolith Store foundation image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2036
10. Possibly the Monolith Store foundation
Monolith's Trees image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2036
11. Monolith's Trees
If you look at the photo from the 1920's, you can see when these trees were planted and can almost imagine the homes that had surrounded them.
Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
12. Dedication Plaque
Dedicated to the Employees of the Monolith Portland Cement Company and Its Successors. Dedicated on October 10, 2009
Art Mortimer image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
13. Art Mortimer
Assisted by Lyn Bennett Asher with Allyson Gray, Caitlin Johnson, Alicia Shabra.
Ala Monroe Dedication Plaque Located at the Old Monoroe High School image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 31, 2012
14. Ala Monroe Dedication Plaque Located at the Old Monoroe High School
Dedicated to
Ala Monroe
Principal-Teacher
Aqueduct School
1934 - 1957
Because she dedicated
Her life to children
She will never be forgotten.
Ala Monroe Dedication Plaque Located on the Flagpole Base. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 31, 2012
15. Ala Monroe Dedication Plaque Located on the Flagpole Base.
Monroe High School image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 31, 2012
16. Monroe High School
This was built during the 60's for the community of Monolith. It became a continuation school called Monroe High School and has since has been sold to the Kern County Fire Department for use as a staging station.
Ala Monroe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 31, 2012
17. Ala Monroe Marker
A view from Monroe High School of the cement plant and the old town site of Monolith.
Monolith School 1946 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 15, 2014
18. Monolith School 1946
Courtesy of Kelcy's Restaurant & Ed Tompkins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 727 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on February 26, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on June 9, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   18. submitted on March 16, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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