Mojave Cement Plant has been in operation since 1953. Providing the country with a plentiful supply of limestone. Many of these projects include major hotels, power plants, package distribution terminals, and freeways. This product can be found in the Los Angeles International Airport, the California Aqueduct, Dodger Stadium, the Bonaventure Hotel In LA, Harrah Club in Laughlin, Nevada. It still continues to be a major source of many projects across the country. Located off of Oak Creek Road, which you exit from Highway 14.
You can spot these way off in the distance all over the mountains of Mojave and Tehachapi. You can get real up close look if you are on Highway 14 and exit to Oak Creek Road. The road Tehachapi Willow Springs road can take you to either Tehachapi or even back to Rosamond, Lancaster, & Palmdale. Most of the energy produced by these is sold back to the electric company to keep all our communities supplies with power.
This area is soon to hold the record to being the worlds leading power in Green Energy. They have signed a agreement to build in the 50 square miles of wind parks in the Tehachapi region - triple the size of any existing U.S. wind farm.
Update~ They have been building many new power stations for the green energy and you should see all the massive turbines they have built so far.
Wind Engergy History
Driving on Hwy 14 or on Sierra Hwy in Mojave, you look to the flat lands and see an airport with many jet aircraft and some propeller driven planes. Look to the hillside and you see propellers as well, but these are wing driven turbines that are collecting electricity. The true wave of the future in energy. Quite a sight to see these silent giants spinning in the wind. The entire field is one of the largest in the world and is seen both from Mojave on Hwy 14 and on Hwy 58 in Tehachapi.s4
This is a neat tip to know especially if your a train buff or just like to take photographs. On this bridge that they built so traffic can get over because this is still a major train yard. This bridge has guarded walking path that crosses over it. They cut and framed holes in the fencing so people could take photographs of the passing trains or whatever else of the local area. I just thought that was really neat to do!
You cannot miss it if your on Highway 14, its right next to the AM PM Mini Mart and Ford Dealership. Turn at the light going east and turn left at the next street. You may want to park on the street for your vehicles safety. Still a very well traveled road by locals.
Mojave Airport was built in 1935 as a general facilities for locals. Then in 1942, the government bought it and it soon beccame a Marine Corps Auxiliary Air Station.
Then changed hands back to the local Kern County in July 1961, to be operated as a general aviation airport and site for promotion of up and coming industries. Then in 1972 it was acquired by the East Kern Airport District and operated as the Mojave Airport, which now serves as a renowned civilian flight test center and is home to the most unique and exotic aircraft ever built such as the Voyager, Proteus and Derringer.
Just want to let those tourists know, that planes do not necessarily come here to die, but many do get refurbished for airlines, resold to others, many are just being stored here, some are used for test aspects, some even get purchased as parts or even purchased to be incorporated into an exotic luxury mansion.
Also, the movie industry films here a lot because of its wonderful desert scenery. Movies Filmed Here
SpaceShipOne built by Scaled Composites founded in 1982 by Burt Rutan (CEO) and investor philanthropist Paul G. Allen , just made aviation history. 63 year old test pilot Mike Melvill the first civilian to fly a spaceship out of the atmosphere, rocketed it's way to the 62 mile mark above Earth where the threshold of where space begins. After landing safely 90 minutes after takeoff, Mike Melvill earned the first private pilot to earn astronaut wings.
It all started when in the 1881 Mr. Winters, a prospector, discovered in Death Valley borate mineral called "Colemanite" or better know too many as "Borax." So, starting in 1883 - 1888 was the beginning of the famed Twenty Mule Teams which were 7,800 pound wagons each hauling at least 12 tons of borax and bone on wheels seven feet high with eight inch steal tires with a train that measured 160 feet long with the best trained twenty mules. They then transported the Borax to the Mojave Desert Railhead 165 miles of scorching desert heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter. Located in front of Kentucky Fried Chicken on Highway 14.
These canyons were beautiful. We didnt have time to explore but it will be on my list for next time.
Here's a view from the top of the Table Top Mountain. One of the Desert Peak Series.
In this picture, to the lft, it's hard to tell if Steve holding Marlene back or trying to throw her over....
We're headed towards the mountain in the middle, with the flat top. This mountain is called 'Table Top' becuase it is very flat at the top, just like a table.