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Fort Tejon developed 1854 -1864 when the gold rush was bring in settlers either making this their home or just passing through. With settlers, miners, and Native Americans cultures clashing, conflicts began to occur. So the government decided a fort was needed to maintain peace.
Fort Tejon is situated in the beautiful rugged Tehachapi Mountains within Grapevine Canyon at the top of Tejon Pass. It was first the home of the Emigdiano Indians who had a village with the canyon. When a reservation tried to be established, it could not sustain the army, Natives, or the animals. It was Maj Donaldson decision to move the fort here because of a area called the Travelers Flat that had a natural spring well. Along with having a water source it had all the other natural resources such as timber and grassy meadows to build and live in a fort.
Construction began in 1854 and soon grew to 40 buildings over the years. Sadly, the buildings came and gone due to earthquakes, fires, and decay. Fort Tejon closed around 1864. Edward F. Beale started purchasing the lands prior to the forts closure, but eventually acquired the lands in and around the fort. Fortunately in 1940 five acres that the fort sat on was deeded to the state of California to be a state park. Happily restoration began to the buildings that could be save and even reconstructed some.
Many of the trees within the park have been dated from 300 to 400 years old. Maybe older. We have a least two ancient oak trees are our property and we treasure them. My hubby asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I wanted to come here. Although, the fog kept rolling in with drizzling rain, it did not deter us one bit.
What is wonderful about this area even with the Interstate, it abounds with wildlife.
- Cons:You have to travel Interstate 5
- In a nutshell:Surrounded by outdoor beauty~
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