Tehachapi Off The Beaten Path

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    Philip Marx Central Park

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 16, 2009

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    This is one of our gems of Tehachapi. It is central located in the downtown area. Lots of very mature trees and the whole park has lots of beautiful grass all around. A wonderful historic gazebo, playground, restrooms, and picnic tables. Tehachapi has many yearly events here regularly. The Mountain Festival, Crafts Fair, Concerts in the Park, Fourth of July Celebrations, and so much more. I like to bring the family here and have a picnic every now and then.

    Located "E" street, Mojave Street and "D" Street.

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    TMRA PRCA RODEO~Yearly Event

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 14, 2008

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    For 47 years Tehachapi has had one of finest display of atheletes that come from all over the states to compete here. It is usually only held seasonally in Tehachapi, usually around July 4th or in August when we have our Moutain Festival. These guys and gals put their heart and soul into the rodeo to be the best they can be, let alone risk their lives to keep alive our western heritage. Please checkout the web site for correct dates or see our Chamber of Commerce Calendar for upcoming rodeo events. You will not be disappointed.

    Located at Tehachapi Rodeo Grounds on Dennison Road & Tehachapi Blvd. Exit off HWY 58 onto Tehachapi Blvd and head West to you get to Dennison, turn right and you will see the entrance on your left.

    Tehachapi Mountain Festival 2008

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    Nothing Like The Sound of a Train:-)

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 14, 2008

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    The Loop:-)
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    When the Tehachapi Loop was being built, they realized that it was steep for the trains to travel up through the mountains, so they created this huge loop so the trains can travel easier. It can be viewed if you exit Tucker Road then take a right on Highway 202 (Valley Blvd) then right onto Tehachapi Woodford Road and just follow it tell you reach the historical marker. Or you can keep traveling till you see the historical marker sign and exit to Keene and just follow the road and enjoy the wonderful scenery. Here is a great site to learn more about the LOOP!

    Warning! The road to the marker is has tons of curves and narrow roads so drive slow and watch for those motor homes who are way to big this road!

    Also, you cannot see it fron this picture, but there is a cross at the top of the hill in the middle of loop and it is dedicated to:

    The cross at the Loop in memory of conductor Everett S. Crown and brakeman Allan R. Riess who lost their lives in a tragic train wreck in San Bernardino, Calif. May 12, 1989
    Erected by Employees and S.P.T.C.O.

    Tehachapi Loop Historical Marker No.508

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    Stallion Springs Trails

    by Yaqui Written May 26, 2008

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    Located southeast of the Tehachapi mountains, is a beautiful tranquil community who takes much pride of their environment. There are several trails for hiking or horse back riding within several areas of the Stallion Springs community. It is maintained by the Stallion Springs Trail Association. There are lots of beautiful view points that overlooks the San Joaquin Valley and Frazier Park. It is a great place to see many types of natural plants and flowers. Such as our beloved poppies and our beautiful oaks trees. Lets not forget you will probably see at one point deer, elk, coyotes, rabbits, wild pigs(be careful), red tailed hawks, and bobcats. You may get to see owls and other type of nocturnal animals such as skunks and raccoons if you are on the trails around dusk. Their are many type of reptiles such as lizzards and snakes. Don't be alarmed, they will leave you alone if you leave them alone! The best place to acquire a maps of the trails is at Stallion Springs Community Service District Office or Stallion Springs Properties, both are on Stallion Springs Drive.

    My favorite hiking trail is located on Commache Point Drive. You can get to Stallion Springs via Hwy 58 West, exit the Hwy 202 exit. The make a right onto 202/Valley Blvd and follow it till you see a sign for Stallion Springs/Bear Valley and turn right on it. For Stallion Springs you go straight and then just follow the signs. You will travel thru a very productive farming community, called Cummings Valley. When you get to Banducci, make a right and follow this road all the way up into the mountain, it becomes Commache Point Road, when you pass Jacks Hill Rd, the trail entrance will to your left. So take it slowly so you don't miss it. There are restrooms, information boards, benches to enjoy the area and the trail is marked as to not get lost. Just stay on the trails. There are lots of markers with the plants names to education and enjoy.

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    Tehachapi Turbines

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 25, 2008

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    Many who are traveling can see these off of Highway 58 while leaving or entering the Tehachapit Mountain Pass. It is one of our main manufacturing businesses for our local area and very famous for the Tehachapi Turbines. You can see these off of Highway 58 or exit onto Tehachapi Blvd head east till you see Tehachapi Willow Springs Road and just follow it till you see the Turbines or turn off on Oak Creek Road also. Can see them really up close. You can see others while on the Highway 14 in Mojave too.

    Kern Wind Energy Association
    P.O. Box 277, Tehachapi, Ca 93561

    KWEA
    Self Wind Tour Guide

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    Lots Of Cool Breezes!

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 25, 2008

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    Beautiful day!

    Brite Valley Aquatic Recreation Area - It's really a damn, but is utilized and stocked for fishing. Has lots of camping spots with water, showers, and restrooms available. Even has a playground for the kids.
    Many massive oak trees for shade with lots of clean air and cool breezes.
    Season: Last Saturday in April thru Last Sunday in October
    90 spaces, 12w/hookups, dump station, fishing.

    Located on 22902 Banducci Road off of Highway 202 (Valley Blvd). You'll see signs off of Tucker once you exit off of Highway 58.

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    Covered Bridge

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 10, 2008

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    Stallion Springs covered bridge has the stinction of being the only covered bridge in all of Kern County. Established around 1972 when the community of Stallion Springs was established. This area was once a simple grazing property for cattle and a horse ranches. Located on Stallion Springs Drive.

    Exit off of Highway 58 to Tucker Road (202/Valley Blvd. exit), turn right onto 202/Valley Blvd. Stay on 202 till you see sign, turn right at this sign and just follow the signs to Stallion Springs.

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    Errea House

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 11, 2007

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    Built by a doctor in Williamsburg (Old Town) around the 1870’s, it is one of our oldest homes in Tehachapi and is on the list of National Register of Historic Places #97000809 When the tracks made it officially to which was called the Summit, now Tehachapi, most of the old buildings were moved from Williamsburg by log rails. Around 1900 the Vidaillet family moved the house to where it still stand today on Green Street. After being sold to different family members it eventually ended up in the Errea family that were Basque. Jose moved to California after being newly married. They would raise four children in this house Grace, Martin, Joaquin, and Joe. Jose worked in a nearby lime kiln and Grace worked at the local Squires Drug Store, but later found employment in Keene as a county health department worker at the TB facility (now Cesar Chaves Memorial Park and home of United Farmer Workers of America) where she retired. Martin worked at the local market till his retirement. Grace and Martin were the only two children to remain in Tehachapi. It was purchased again and exchange from different doctors till now being donated and preserved for future Tehachapians to enjoy.

    Located on Green Street and Tehachapi Blvd. Exit Mill st head West turn on Green Street go past the four way stop and its a one way street now. It will be on your right across from the musuem.

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    OAK CREEK PASS Historical Marker No.97

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 12, 2007

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    In 1776, Father Francisco Garcés used the Oak Creek Pass to return to the Mojave after exploring the San Joaquin Valley, as did Frémont in 1844-1845. Until the railroad was built through the Tehachapi Pass in 1876, Oak Creek Pass was the only route used through the Tehachapi Mountains.

    Location: It's tricky to find this one, just be alert just as the road crest at the top of this hill, you see across a wind farm access entrance and just across from that is a dirt turn off...blink and you may miss it. On Tehachapi Willow Springs Pass Rd, 4.6 mi S of Tehachapi Blvd, 74 mi SE of Tehachapi.

    PS. LOTS OF TRAFFIC HAUL THRU HERE..... SAFETY FIRST!

    Oakcreek Pass Historical Marker No.97

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    Williamsburg OLD Town Historical Marker No. 643

    by Yaqui Written Sep 10, 2007

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    In 1860 the first community was established and named Williamsburg (Old Town) after the first resident James Williams. It served mainly a trading center for all the local ranchers. Yet, Williamsburg was abandon around 1875 when the most of the buildings were relocated to the Summit Station and a new site was established and renamed Tehachapi because of railroad timetable.

    Located: NE corner of Old Town Rd and Woodford-Tehachapi Rd, 1.3 mi N of State Hwy 202, 2.5 mi W of Tehachapi

    Williamsburg OLD TOWN (TEHACHAPI)Historical Marker No.643

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