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 By Jon Hammond    Local News    April 10, 2021 

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...

 

The High Desert: a living land of beauty and desolation

East of the Tehachapi Mountains lies the Mojave Desert, a 48,000 square-mile expanse that is one of...

 

A lady who remembered when the railroad was being built, and when there was only one house in Tehachapi

My husband and I joined the Southern Pacific construction forces at Caliente [in the early 1870s]...

 

The perils of home brewing

One time I decided to brew some beer at home, so I got some malt extract and made a big batch. When...

 

Elderberries are a wild hidden gift from the mountains

While the cultivated crops ripen in the valleys below, there are some wild fruits growing in the...

 

What is a naturalist? And why are there so many of them in the Tehachapi area?

"I would propose that a naturalist is someone whose curiosity is boundless. He or she is interested...

 

When horsepower was still supplied by horses

My grandfather, who was also named Lance Estes, owned freight wagons and teams of horses, and he...

 

The remarkable Mrs. Katherine Curran Brandegee, botanist adventurer

In June 1884, Katherine Layne Curran (later Brandegee) travelled from Bakersfield to Mojave; the tri...

 

Old Tehachapi Cemetery is a place of quiet history and faded grief

A small knoll overlooking Meadowbrook Park in Golden Hills has long been home to about 30 Tehachapi...

 

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