Tehachapi Off The Beaten Path

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    Tehachapi Murals

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 5, 2014

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    I am very proud of the murals Tehachapi has. I think it is a lost art that is surely making a come back. I personally rather see beautiful art than a blank cold brick. So browse around and check out the murals.

    Our Beloved Symbols~VFW buidling on Tehachapi Blvd downtown.
    Tehachapi Summit~La Quinta Inn on Steuber Rd off of Tehachapi Blvd Exit.
    T-hacha-P Brand-Apple Shed on Tehachapi Blvd downtown
    1915 Street Dance~Tehachapi Pioneers accross from the Chamber of Commerce on Tehachapi Blvd
    Kawaiisu indians, "Nu-oo-ah, "the people" ~(It is so beautiful)Tehachapi Hitching Post Theatres on F Street and Green
    Monolith, Ca "Wishing You Were Here" Mural~across from the Hitchinig Post Theatres F Street and Green Street.
    First Flight from Tehachapi to Bakersfield ~To the right of the Tehachapi Hitching Post Theatre
    Red Front Blacksmith Shop ~Moose Lodge on Curry & Tehachapi Blvd
    Winter Wonderland~Inside the bakery in Tehachapi Market Place on Tehachapi Blvd
    Avelino Martinez~Japanese Restaurant across from Sheriff Station on F Street.
    Mother Mary~A tile mural on the St. Malachy Catholic Church-Located on E Street
    Jave Loop Cafe~Mural on Valley Blvd & Golden Hills Blvd
    The Brown Family Mural and Tehachapi Mounatain Side Mural~behind the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association building on Green Street and Tehachapi Blvd.
    Harmony Mural~located in the music room at Jacobsen Jr. High School at 711 Anita Dr.
    "Warrior Pride" Tehachapi High Mural~801 South Dennison Road.
    "Dreaming of the Future"~Tehachapi High Scool Builidng 1101-1108 at 801 South Dennison Road.
    Centennial Plaza Mural~BK Theater Pioneers ~110 South Green Street
    Tehachapi Centennial~ Philip Marx, one of the city's founders. Tehachapi Blvd, across from Circle K mini Mart.
    Tompkins Elementary School~Tigers~1120 South Curry Street
    Updates:
    The Historic Tehachapi Loop ~Ace Hardware on Tehachapi Blvd dowtown~Update the mural was removed because it was crumbling off the wall:(
    Pony Express Rider~Inside the Closed Cattlemans Cafe building on Steuber Rd off of the Tehachapi Blvd Exit~Update: It has been painted over:(

    Check out my travel logs to see more of murals...please enjoy!

    A recent one next to the Hitching Post Theatres:-) Centennial Plaza Mural~BK Theatre Pioneers 3 Murals~Tehachapi Centennial
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    Tehachapi Train Depot 1904

    by Yaqui Updated Feb 20, 2010

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    Great news, our beloved train station has been rebuilt and she sure does look grand. I cannot wait for the grand opening. I keep you all posted.

    Timeline of news:
    Some bad news to report. We lost our beloved Train Station that was almost, I mean almost completely refurbished. A fire broke out in the morning, but they found the individuals who started it. So we will see with that out come! She is being rebuilt again....Yay!

    Yet, so much time was put into refurbishing the outside by WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS who worked so hard and I THANK YOU!! It is going to be rebuilt to her splendid glory as soon as the town gets the funds again...sigh...she was almost done for our 100th Year Anniversary, which will be next year. We will celebrated 100 years! I will keep you all posted.

    On the list of National Register of Historic Places #99001263
    National Register
    As you all can tell, Tehachapi is famous for our trains. It is part of our heritage and is that heritage we hope to pass down to future generations. Trains are still are number source of transport. It kept this country going since the turn of the century. Our train depot turned 100 this year. It has been serving our main transportation authority called, CALTRANS. It doesn't look like much, but is still standing tall.

    CALTRANS has built another building and has moved into their new facility just on the other side of the track. The depot has been given to the City of Tehachapi. They're are not too many original depots remaining in the United States. I know Lancaster lost theirs in a fire, Mojave leveled theirs and what a dang shame. Once the restoration is complete I will update the photo and information.

    Located on the corner of Tehachapi Blvd and Green Street. If you can exit Tehachapi Blvd off of Highway 58

    Neat Train Site

    New and beautiful! Neat sigh huh?! The original building 1904 New! Trains are us:)
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    Nothing Like The Sound of a Train:-)

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 14, 2008

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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

    The Loop:-) California State Historical Marker #508 National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark The Cross in honor of those lost! The Markers that overlook the LOOP!
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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.

    Entrance to the trails Overlook area with bench Trails with markers Beautiful overlook from rocks Entrance to trails
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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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    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

    Good Clean Wind Energy
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    James Henry Foley 1841-1861~Not Forgotten

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 27, 2011

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    For many years while passing thru on (Tehachapi Willow Springs Road) or Oak Creek Pass as they called during the pioneer days you can see this little white picket fence perched at the top of a hill right next to the road. I finally made the hike a couple of years ago to investigate it. As I had thought, it was a gravesite of a pioneer who has passed away while trying to get to Tehachapi. It belongs to James Henry Foley all of 21 years young who died of small pox he contracted before leaving Texas. He traveled by wagon train till he got to El Monte, Ca. and then bought himself a horse for the rest of his journey. He made it far as the Oak Creek Station. His brother Francis hurried to his side till he died. He was not allowed to bury his brother in the local cemetery because of the infectious disease. Can you imagine the pain of not knowing where to bury your loved one? I can only surmise that during those times you just did what you had to do. At least his brother picked a wonderful spot overlooking the rolling hill line looking toward the Mojave Desert. The Foley family left the area in 1958 for Washington. Family did return to visit the gravesite to find the little fence fallen. Now you can see that someone rebuilt it and every now and then many hike their way to see James and pay their respects. He will never be forgotten. He is forever part of Tehachapi’s Pioneer history and legacy.

    "What James did not find in life, he found in death; a home and peace among the hills of Tehachapi.~Yaqui"

    Located on Tehachapi Williow Springs Road and Oak Creek Road

    There is a dirty pull off to park safely right across from the intersection of Tehachapi Willow Springs Road and Cameron Road Intersection. A hiking trail sign is present so you should ba able to spot it easily.

    PLEASE DRIVE SLOW AND TAKE YOUR TIME....SAFETY FIRST. LOTS OF TRAFFIC HAUL THRU HERE SO TAKE YOUR TIME.

    Rest In Peace James 1841-1863 Look for this intersection.
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    1858 Old Tehachapi Cemetery

    by Yaqui Updated May 19, 2013

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    A little unknown site, by even many locals. We have a historical cemetery that is located within the Golden Hills area. Located on Violette Court and Lilac Street. Avalee Fischer went through great trouble (Thank you) to subscribe and transfer the information of who is at rest here.

    Once you exit Highway 58 onto the 202 exit, it loops around and comes to a stop light, turn right that is Apple way, then it comes to a three way stop sign, make a right, travel till you see a very nice sign on the right telling you to turn right again and you cannot miss it after that.

    There is a new billboard by a Eagle Scout Project Joshua St. John Troop 594, that gives the names and mini history of Tehachapi. Yet, it is short but not complete:)

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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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    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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    Pioneer Park

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 22, 2009

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    This lovely .69 acre park that offers a tot lot playground, horseshoe pits, a rolling lawn, barbecue and picnic areas and a basketball half-court. The park is surrounded by beautiful wrought-iron fence that is locked at dusk. We've come here a lot because it is so nice. Built in 2006 to accommodate the families on this side of town since the railroad divides it. I must say, we have come here several times to just eat our lunch because it is so peaceful here and so pretty. Lots of wonderful flowers to look at and my youngest still likes to play on the play ground equipment they have here. Very lovely and it is open from 8:00am till Dusk.

    Exit Hwy 58 to the (202 exit) and this becomes Tucker Road. Turn left at light onto Tehachapi Blvd , follow this till you come to Curry and turn left on East I street .

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    Engine 3834 & 1932 Flood

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 16, 2011

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    September 1932 Engine 3834 was lost in Tehachapi Creek in a flash flood. It was lost for two weeks found under 10 feet of mud. It took a month to free the Train and eventually she was returned to service with great celebration. This plaque honors and reminds us of the eventful day.

    Just west on Woodford Tehachapi Rd, about a mile east from the Tehachapi Loop. It is on your left if your heading east. It has a decent pulll off to view it.

    Dedicated by the Platrix Chapter No. 3 & Peter Lebec Chapter No.1866 E Clamptus Vitus

    The last historical photo is located at Kelcy's dinner. There are lots of wonderful historical local photo's in the back dinning room.

    1932 Flood
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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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    Happy Trees

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 23, 2009

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    Happy trees you say? We have many creative individuals who have made Tehachapi their home. Some people may find this art distressful, but so far it is not hurting the trees. I have to admit I was a litte dismayed, but the faces are so delightful. You'll see many pieces of art located all over Tehachapi. I really enjoy seeing them every time we happen to pass by. Some this artist pieces you will see at Bright Lake.

    These are creations by Kent Holmgren!

    E Street and Robinson Street.

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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

    Look for this and you know your near!
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