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Looking back on the terrible Blackburn Canyon Fire

As the West in general, and California, of course, experience another devastating wildfire year in...

 

Having babies in Tehachapi before there were doctors

I was born in Cummings Valley on Dec. 21, 1907. We didn't have no doctors here. You had to go to...

 

Finding his fortune in Tehachapi

When I was 17, in about 1905, I went to work for Nick Williams of Walker Basin, driving a horse and...

 

When a stunt to impress girls goes bad

When I was 16, I worked for the Tehachapi News taking photos and writing, and I was the sports...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    July 17, 2021 

The train crash of 1883

The railroad through the Tehachapi Mountains, completed in 1876, is a vital thoroughfare for freight...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 22, 2021

Warmer weather and the return of rattlesnakes

Last year at about this time Claudia White, the publisher of The Loop newspaper, asked me to write...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 8, 2021

90 days of spring to savor

We are now in the middle of spring in the Tehachapi Mountains, and despite an extremely dry winter,...

 

Spring: the Season of baby animals

Spring has now permeated throughout the Tehachapi Mountains, from the lowest elevation foothills at...

 

Butterflies of Tehachapi: a symphony of beauty on the wing

Many butterflies can often be found in the Tehachapi Mountains during the warmer months, as...

 

Rankin Ranch: an undiscovered jewel

One of the most unique and memorable experiences you can have in California is available just 31 mil...

 

The Great Train Trip: an amazing Tehachapi train ride became reality on a spring day in 2011

It was 10 years ago that I was able to take a trip that once happened multiple times every day, but...

 

Wind Wolves Preserve: big, beautiful and close-by

The largest non-profit nature preserve on the West Coast is located in Kern County, just a little...

 

Working in temperatures of 160 to 180 degrees, and getting shot with a 12-gauge slug

I went to work at the cement plant at Monolith in about 1954. I became a 2nd class welder, and I...

 

An open bucket with live rattlesnakes inside: what could possibly go wrong?

When I was growing up in Mojave in the 1960s, there was lots for kids to do, because we could...

 

Chickens: in Tehachapi since the 1850s and still thriving

One of the most widespread bird species living in the Tehachapi Mountains is not native, nor did...

 

Bull Riding for a Tehachapi guy from Chicago

After World War II ended, I separated from the Marine Corp between 1946 and 1948, when I...

 

Kawaiisu Winter Tale about Walker Basin and Black Mountain

The two brothers, Coyote and Wolf, went to dance with the bears at Walker Basin. They had a picnic...

 

Beauty on the wing: the birds of winter

Winter is here, and we have some feathered visitors that we don't see much in the warmer months....

 

Winter has arrived: how cold can it get in Tehachapi?

With the arrival of the Winter Solstice on December 21, we're now officially in winter. So what kind...

 

A Tehachapi wreath from native and heirloom plants

I decided to help get in the Christmas spirit, despite this strange and mournful year, I would make...

 

Rufus Thomas: artist, railroad conductor and delightful human being

Rufus Thomas is a Tehachapi man who had an interesting career, spending 40 years working for...

 

Brite Creek Farm: a family business offering healthy, fresh Tehachapi foods

Most Tehachapi residents noticed that an empty, sagebrush-choked field at the intersection of...

 

From the pool hall to the track gang

I first came to Tehachapi in 1967 when I was offered a job as the assistant signal supervisor in Teh...

 

A ghost dog comes home

One September, we left Tehachapi to go visit Dick's sister Helen Traina in Liggett, California. We...

 

Season of change: Autumn returns to the Tehachapi Mountains

Autumn has returned to the Tehachapi Mountains. Nights have grown cold and days are shorter, though...

 

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