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1909 - 2009 Celebrating 100 years!

"Land Of Many Acorns and Good Waters"

Kawaiisu indians were the first people to live here. They called themselves the "Nu-oo-ah, "the people". The people called it Tah-ee-chay-pah, “the land of many acorns and good waters.” Locals couldn’t pronounce it, so they called it Tihichipa. The first non Indian explorers were in 1776 Spanish Padre Garces, then 1806 Padre Jose Marea. Jedediah Smith passed thru here in 1827, so others like Capt John Fremont and Kit Carson in 1844 could make their expeditions thru here. It was in 1853 Robert Williamson a government engineer decided the route through Summit Station (Tehachapi Pass) was best for the railroad. That didn’t get completed till 1876 once that last tunnel was completed.

In 1860 the first community was established and named Williamsburg 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.

Tehachapi has an elevation of 4,000 feet with the San Joaquin Valley on one side and the other the Mojave Desert. It consists of lush rolling hills dotted with ancient oak trees that are still prized by this community. Agriculture is still important here with sod and organic farms that still sprawl across our landscape. Horses, sheep, and cattle ranches are still very prevalent here, so be careful of loose wondering live stock. For quite sometime, my native people use to come and celebrate together the Powwow in June, but now this is held in Bakersfield usually at the Fair Grounds so keep an eye for it in our local or Bakersfield papers.

Tehachapi is working on revitalizing their wonderful historical down town area. They have improved sidewalks, crosswalks, beautiful antique street lights, relaxing music, and these really neat signs that have a map showing where all the significate sightseeing places to visit!

Historical Markers of Kern County
Landmarks for Kern Co.

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"Tehachapi Loop"

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! The Loop
Train Cam

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  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Loved the Chalk on the Walk, Happy Trees and the beautiful murals. And of course reading up on the history. An excellent page :)

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    just skimming thru your local restaurants since i followed! a notice - all across the country, locally owned restaurants going broke like those in your town. the obama deal to stave off the fiscal cliff will only make it worse. on that happy note, happy new year.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Jan 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, many of our businesses have been struggling. I agree! Happy New Years to you and yours too!

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    So many wonderful places in the world I would never know about except for VT. Tehachapi looks fascinating

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Hi Dee, I’ve just been looking at some of your more recent tips and updates on your home town. Good that the train station and the Beekay Theatre have both been rebuilt and reopened.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    The ranch, parks and Botanical Gardens are certainly great places to visit and explore. You have great travel pages with excellent restaurant tips. Thanks for your virtual tour. Thanks also for visiting our Germany travel pages. ~ho & pang

  • Maria250's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Thank you, dear one.

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    The Mourning Cloak Ranch and Botanical Garden looks wonderful. Can't believe I never heard of it when we lived down there. Now we have to go back. Beautiful pictures.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Hello, Dee! It's always a pleasure to read your travel pages! Thanks for your interesting stories!~ Take care! ~

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    You always describe such good history to the places you visit. It is the most helpful in getting to know the culture and sites. John Foley had a lot of influence there for sure. Good work

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Hi Dee. You live in a lovely part of Western America. I'd love to have some of those nice tart apples now; but you can keep the rattle snakes:):) Greetings from Sunny Greece. Janet


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