Tehachapi Off The Beaten Path

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    Venturi's Arrastra 1880

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    This was rescued from Water Canyon by the Tehachapi Historical Society. It was used to break up gold quartz in the arrasta by a donkey pulling the stone in a circle. It located in Tehachapi tucked away along our historic downtown on Tehachapi Blvd. You cannot miss, just look for the Water Tank.

    There are lots of shaded areas and picnic tables to relax by.

    Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
    798 Tucker Rd, #4
    P.O. Box 401
    Tehachapi CA 93581
    661-822-4180

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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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    Memorial Of Fallen Tehachapians

    by Yaqui Written Mar 16, 2009

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    This is a wonderful memorial for our fallen soldiers who served our country. It sits among this beautiful park reminding us of what we have lost. "In Memory Of Those Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice In Service In Service To God and Country. Located in Philip Marx Central Park on "E" street, Mojave Street and "D" Street.

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    WAS THAT BIG BIRD OR AN OSTRICH IN TEHACHAPI

    by travelgourmet Updated Jan 18, 2011

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    HEY, WE GOT TOURISTS
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    Yes, you can see big birds in Tehachapi. Yes, they call them Ostriches. One of the largest working ostrich ranch in the Western United States is the Indian Point Ostrich Ranch in west Cummings Valley, Tehachapi. The ostrich ranch started up in 1992 and in 1996 opened the ranch up to visitors with a tour of the ranch and using their term "Os Trich-izing" visitors with the ostrich. These big birds really do get to be "Big Birds" as a fully grown ostrich can be 10 feet in height and weigh in at 500 pounds.

    At the Indian Point Ranch, you can see the growth of the ostrich from the egg to the grown adult. I could hardly believe that the 3 month old "babies" stood over four to five feet tall and looked like they weighed over 30 pounds. The eggs are the size of large grapefruit. I was told that one ostrich egg weighs 3 pounds and contains the equivalent of 18 chicken eggs. Now that would make one large omelet. This is a fun adventure for young and old. They have a walking tour of the property and you can get up close and personal with the ostriches.
    Take a close up look at the ostrich foot. It has two toes with one being huge. Now, if you see an emu, they have 3 toes. They are very similar to the ostrich except I learned that ostrich eggs are very white while emu eggs are a dark green. How about that?

    There is a store called the Ostrich Nest which is their Visitor Center & Ranch Store where you can purchase fresh or empty ostrich eggs, ostrich jerky and ostrich lotions and oil. Let me tell you that I put the smallest amount of ostrich oil on my palm from the free tester and I could rub that amount over both my hands and forearms. Two days later and my skin still glowed and stayed smooth with no dryness. That is a purchase in my book. If you have the time to see The Indian Point Ranch, it is located a short drive from downtown Tehachapi off Hwy 202 in Cummings Valley. They are open May-October daily from 11am - 5:00pm and November - April Friday - Sunday 11am - 4:00pm. Of course that is weather permitting. This is a working ranch not a zoo, so please take that into consideration when you visit.

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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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    TEHACHIPI LOOP

    by travelgourmet Updated Jan 20, 2011

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    TEHACHIPI LOOP courtesy of Google Earth Map
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    If you are a railroad buff, maybe even just curious, then to drive about 10 miles north of Tehachapi to Keene on Hwy 58, get off and go right on the road for about 3 miles and there is a roadside monument marker about the "Tehachapi Loop". Find a pull out off the road and go read the marker then look up and out to the railroad tracks below. The tracks go in a circle but in reality one track is going under and through a tunnel below the top track. If the train is long enough and most freight trains are, you can see this marvel of engineering that was done in the 1870's. Southern Pacific Railroad wanted a route from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the route was to go through the elevations between Bakersfield and Mojave. The 4,065 summit pass, later named the Tahachapi Summit Pass, needed to be crossed and the only way William Hood, the civil engineer for the Southern Pacific Railway Company was to do it safely was to loop the track one over the other to keep the grade within the permitted grade of 2.2%. The track loop using the circular path measured 3,799 feet to make one huge loop that became the "Tehachapi Loop."

    It seemed like a long ride out to the area of Keene, but the scenery along the way was wonderful to see with the mountains and wide open spaces. The smaller two lane road from the turn off was a bit of concentration for it had many curves till the marker was seen. It is also a little difficult to turn around on this road with not to many turn-outs. Once I did get turned around and stopped off the road, I got out and saw this view of tracks and was told that a freight train should be by every 15 minutes. It was difficult and for me unable to get the entire track in one photo but with the use of a photo, thanks to Google Earth, could see this marvel in one photo. I did see one freight train go by. No scheduled passenger trains have taken this route since 1971. So, become an engineer for the railroad, or dare to hop a freight (it is against the law and dangerous) to ride the rails on this "Tahachapi Loop." Well, you could be a brakeman or signal man or rail-bed worker to take the ride around the loop. I've been workin' on the railroad, all the live long day. I've been workin' on the railroad just to pass the time away. Don't you hear the whistle blowing?

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    SHADES OF THE WINDMILL PROPELLER STYLE

    by travelgourmet Updated Jul 27, 2012

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    A FOREST OF WINE TURBINES IN TEHACHAPI
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    One of the largest wind farms owned by several companies is located in Tehachapi with over 5,000 wind turbines and is the second largest collection of wind generators in the world (The largest is at the Altamont pass, near Livermore and the San Francisco Bay area), but is now the largest wind power array in the world in output. You can see these giant props turning in the wind like the windmills of old using only the power of the wind to spin. Just east of Tehachapi, you can see them from Hwy 58. One of the better ways to see the monterous propellers is close up on the Tehachapi Willows Springs Road south of town off Hwy 58. You can drive all the way to Rosamond on this stretch of wind turbine country. Now if only these companies would look at Desert Center, California between Indio and Blythe. I have some acreage out near the Cockscomb Mountain that is always windy. lol

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    Tehachapi Pass Marker~

    by Yaqui Written Jan 16, 2012

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    Tehachapi Pass became the preferred route connecting the Mojave and the San Joaquin Valley after John C. Fremont and Kit Carson passed this way during the 2nd Fremont Expedition in 1844. Situated at the Southern edge of the Sierra Nevada. Tehachapi Pass provided a reliable way to enter and leave the San Joaquin Valley during the winter. In 1853, while surveying the area for the U.S. Government, Lt. R.S. Williamson learned from the Indian Villagers the name of the principal creek that flowed west through the pass. They called it, Tah-ee-chay-pah. Soon settlers began to arrive and prospectors discovered Gold in the nearby streams. By 1869, the town of Williamsburg or Tehichipa had emerged in the Golden Hills, five miles to the east. On July 10, 1876, the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in the Tehachapi Valley, and a new town was established beside the line on August 13, 1909. The settlement was incorporated as the City of Tehachapi, which for a hundred years has served as a commerical center for miners, farmers, ranches and travelers. Today Tehachapi leads the country in wind turbine generation technology.
    Dedicated April 25, 2010 by Peter Lebeck Chapter #1866 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E. Clampus Vitus.

    Located on Railroad Park on Tehachapi Blvd, underneath the water towers.

    Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
    209 E. Tehachapi Blvd.
    P.O. Box 401
    Tehachapi CA 93581

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    Mountain Spirit Center~Tibet in Tehachapi

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 26, 2011

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    If you want to go on a mini adventure, this might be the place for you. Located in Sand Canyon that is south east of Tehachapi is a beautiful peaceful retreat. Called Mountain Spirit Center, which is affiliated with the Chogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It's located way back into the canyon and is completely off the grid with its own solar and wind power for electricity.

    It's very detailed beautiful "Peace Bell" is hand painted with children dressed in their traditional costume holding hands. The words "peace" is translated into hundreds of languages. Also the words, "Living Together In Peace and Harmony."

    When we arrived, a three year old ambassador greeted us. We kept bowing to eachother, which made my hubby giggle. The little ambassador escorted us around and he wanted us to especially look at the bell and when it was time to leave I made sure he went right back up to his Mom:).

    Visitors are welcome any day.
    Sunday Services are held weekly at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
    The center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m

    8400 Juniper Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9315

    Located at: Take Highway 58 east, exit at the Sand Canyon Road/Monolith, turn right at the stop sign, then turn left onto Tehachapi Boulevard and right onto Sand Canyon Road. Travel up Sand Canyon Road 2.5 miles. Turn right onto the dirt road by a huge row of mail boxes and follow the signs to Mountain Spirit Center (Tae Go Sa temple). It is a dirt road and sometimes a little rough.

    Caution: There is a area that might have a stream running across it during spring or heavy rains.

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    Tehachapi Police Department Hidden Display

    by Yaqui Written Dec 28, 2011

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    I am sure not too many know about this, but at the entrance our Police department is this window display of memorabilia of past constables of Tehachapi. It is like a hidden find. I was just browsing my wonderful little city when I discovered it.

    Located at: 129 East “F” Street Tehachapi, CA 93561

    Hours
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Monday - Friday
    Patrol Services: 24/7/365

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