Fort Tejon State Historic Park Travel Guide

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Fort Tejon State Historic Park Things to Do

  • Peter Lebec Mountain Man

    There is not much information about Peter Lebec. They believe he was a French fur trapper/mountain man. The story goes: Peter Lebeck was killed on October 17, 1837 by a Grizzly Bear he had shot and wounded. Obviously, he didn't quite kill the bear, so the bear did him in. What is amazing about Mr. Lebec's grave marker. As the oak tree grew, the...

  • Blacksmith Shop

    Although it was during the week, foggy, drizzling, we notice this gentleman up in the blacksmiths shop. Since we were the only ones there at the time, we ventured over. This lovely mans face completely lit up as soon as he saw us. He was completely dressed in period wear down to his boots. He was busy making these hooks for the soldiers so they...

  • Captain Gardiner's Quarters

    Based on a historic sketch of Mansfield Map and a survey in 1935, this was an adobe structure was rebuilt in the 1950's on its original foundations. What is so unique is it has a partial cellar and is two stories and an attached kitchen, which they use to prepare for visitors to the park. You will often see some folks walking around in period wear....

  • Peter Lebec Oaktree Marker

    He was buried by a once young Oak Tree where his marker was carved into the tree within Ft. Tejon State Park. His marker said he was killed by a "X bear", which they believe is a California grizzly bear. They think Mr. Lebec was called Pierre Levesque. They had exhumed his body in 1955, and found a 1836 French five-franc gold piece buried with him....

  • Barracks

    This is the site of the original barracks. Sadly there was another earthquake in 1956 that pretty much devastated the rest of the adobe buildings within the park. Yet, the barracks was pretty cool, because you are able to walk inside and see lots of wonderful exhibits. They have the exhibits incases, but you can see them very well. If you walk...

  • Old Foundations of the Fort

    There are many fenced areas to let the visitor know that there were once buildings here. Over the centuries so many structures came and gone due to earthquakes, fires, decay, being moved around or being bought and taken away. There has many archeological digs that have discovered either remains or the foundations of these structures. Many are not...

  • Camels of Fort Tejon & more markers

    Camels of Fort Tejon Marker Marker reads: In 1856 the U.S. Army started an experiment using camel for supply transport in the southwest. The camels proved ill suited to the American southwest.In November 1859 a civilian contractor turned over 28 camels to the Army at Fort Tejon.The post quartermaster cared for the camel herd until 1861 when the...

  • California Historical Marker No. 129...

    The marker reads: NO. 129 FORT TEJÓN -This military post was established by the United States Army on June 24, 1854, to suppress stock rustling and protect the Indians in the San Joaquin Valley. Camels for transportation were introduced here in 1858. As regimental headquarters of the First Dragoons, Fort Tejón was an important military, social, and...

  • Who Says Men Don't Do Laundry:)

    I will have to say, my family has a wonderful sense of humor. Although at times my boys do balk at first when we go to places like this, but once they get out and explore they always have a great time. My oldest can be really goofy like his mom, so I enjoy that. Now, my hubby is quite character and he didn't hesitate to walk over and play with the...

  • Orderly's Quarters

    This poor structure is hanging in there. I am amazed it has survived so many natural devastating earthquakes in this area. Yet it still stands. Like so many of the buildings, they have served so many functions to Officer Quarters, Kitchens, Storage, Depots, and the Orderly's Quarters, maybe even the stables. Anyway it illustrates how hardly these...

  • Guard House & Jail

    Over the years, they many different structures. So when it came time to try and rebuild some of the Forts actual buildings, these were constructed according to historical sketches and archeological investigations. The prison and guard post were two 12 foot by 16 foot buildings. The prison contained three small cells off a narrow hallway. The Guard...

  • Visitor Center Displays

    The visitor center is not very big, but all the walls are covered with loads of historical information about the simple beginnings, it's development, its closure, and its rebirth to what it is today. I always enjoy the photographs and the wonderful done exhibits and displays. They also had a stand filled with lots of informational documents. The...


Fort Tejon State Historic Park Warnings and Dangers

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    by Yaqui Updated Jul 13, 2010

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    Not trying to really scare anyone, but rattlesnakes are common in California, especially in the great outdoors. A really good idea is to stay on the trails. When we were there, the grass was really tall, so we stayed on the trails. During the high summers months when foot traffic is more common and the grass gets cuts, it probably a little safer to explore off the path. Yet, its something to think about. One thing we have noticed, is snakes like cool places during summer and winter they are usually down in a hole to stay warm. Yet, when it warms up and are looking for food, they venture out. We have always found them around our Oak Trees so they blend in very nicely. Just remember, "They will leave you alone, if you leave them alone!"

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