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"TEHACHAPI "LAND OF FOUR SEASONS"" Top 5 Page for this destination Tehachapi by travelgourmet

Tehachapi Travel Guide: 113 reviews and 432 photos


Okay, I give up where is Tehachapi? This is asked when one mentions this small community in this high mountain part of Southern California that came about due to the railroad. The Kawaiisu Indians were here long before the railroad came. They were there looking for a place to settle and the creek they found with a lake nearby seemed ideal. They called their village Tehecita that sounded like Tha-ee-chay-pah. Two Kawaiisu words, tiha and chipi, which means hard climb could be another way, tihachipi. The way it is spelled and pronunced today is credited to the Southern Pacific Railroad who acquired from a book titled "Up and Down California in 1860-1864 by William H. Brewer, in which he mentions the "Tehachapi Pass" while surveying the area now known as Tehachapi. Just looking at the spelling makes for an interesting topic of how do you pronounce it. Well, best as I can do is Ta-hac-cha-pee.

The first written form of Tehachapi credit is given to Lt. Robert Williamson of the United States War Department in 1853 while he was looking for the best pass a railroad could take. So, give the credit to Lt. Robert Williamson for the spelling and to the Southern Pacific Railroad for the pronunciation and to the Kawaiisu for finding their village by the creek. Today, Tehachapi is a growing community with high hopes for the future. Located in a valley pass in the mountains, separating the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. Highway CA 58 is the local access from either Mojave or Bakersfield, but they are world's apart in description as Tehachapi is the "Land of Four Seasons."

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Country living in a hidden oasis in the high desert
  • Cons:Too far out for city folks
  • In a nutshell:Could become the next great wine region
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I have a trip to Sacramento planned in Sept and gold towns around' really wanted to come down to here, but too far. YOur tips and pics are very good

    • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
      Mar 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      Thanks Bruce. Make sure you see Murphys off Hwy 49 at Angels Camp. Ironstone Winery is my favorite in Murphys. Perfect timing for the crush. :-)

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Fabulous page Larry! I love my hometown and I am so happy you enjoy it!

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Nice page! Glad you met Dee, maybe I will too someday.

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    I always wanted to know the difference between an ostrich and and Emu! Maybe Dr. Seuss got his story from the Emu's eggs..Green Eggs and Ham?

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Interesting page, Larry! I guess you have had a very pleasant VT-meeting with Dee in Tehachapi!


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