"James Henry Foley 1841-1861~Not Forgotten" Top 5 Page for this destination Tehachapi Off The Beaten Path Tip by Yaqui
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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.
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