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Photos from: Traces of Tehachapi history remain in the artifacts left behind

Jon Hammond

Some old items associated with the railroad: the cross-section of rail was used as a little anvil, while the little glass bottle and metal lid with Chinese characters was used by the laborers who built the railroad through here in the 1870s. The railroad spike at the left came from the SP railroad, the one in the middle came from the old line that carried ore from the quarry to the plant at Monolith, and the little one at the right came from an area mine. The date nails were used by the railroad to keep track of how various wood preservative treatments were lasting.

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