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On winter nights the ancient ones awaken: The magic of Nuwä storytelling

Short, cold days and long frosty nights. When the sun went down, the land grew dark. There were no...

 

The constable who didn't carry a gun

“Louie Boden was a lawman in Tehachapi for 36 years, from 1915 until his death in 1951. He relied...

 

Drought and a female Indian rain shaman

The Kawaiisu had achieved preeminence as rain shamans. The rainmaker, or more accurately,...

 

The case of the missing chicken

We liked to have our chickens be able to roam around our property. One of our roosters disappeared...

 

Biggest snowstorm in decades

Newer Tehachapi residents who have wondered what it was like back in the old days, when there used...

 

Just inches away from California Condors and Golden Eagles

I was involved in the early days of the California Condor Recovery program, prior to the capture of...

 

A World War I escape from a German POW camp

My Dad was in the British Army during World War I. When he was only 19, he got captured by the...

 

Tehachapi skies regularly produce strange and gorgeous lenticular clouds

While Tehachapi is rightfully known as the Land of Four Seasons, it could also be known as the Land...

 

First Christmas in Tehachapi, 1937

Actually, a first remembered Christmas for me, a member of the Davis Family, was in the desert town...

 

Smacked by an unexpected predator

I was up on a hilltop overlooking Hart Flat, cleaning up some branches and deadwood for firewood....

 

White Thanksgiving: a rare occurrence in Tehachapi

Our recent snow storm was unusual for several reasons: we seldom have a White Thanksgiving, so that...

 

Kate Field and the truth about little country post offices

In 1892, Benjamin Harrison was president and John Wanamaker was Postmaster General. When Mr....

 

Giant oaks and surprising country women

On Sunday, May 10, 1863, we got some breakfast at a house not far off in this miserable spot and...

 

Kwanazi, the Red-tailed Hawk of Tehachapi's past, present and future

The young Nuwä woman trotted lightly along the slope, on a game trail that human steps had...

 

The Saga of the Lone Cow Alongside Highway 58

About 15 years ago, commuters started noticing a black cow by herself in the big pasture east of...

 

SP Engine #4449 and the American Freedom Train

In 1975, the American Freedom Train came through Tehachapi Pass. It was pulled by a steam...

 

The Year of the Skunk

"1997 was a year when we had a lot more skunks than usual reported in Tehachapi – they were...

 

Tehachapi Mountain reptiles: Lizards in the Midst

Despite the fact that we're now into November, the daytime temperatures are still warm enough that...

 

Gil's Rock Shop: a beloved Tehachapi store

My parents used to own a store called Gil's Rock Shop on Tehachapi Boulevard (near the current...

 

An orphan helps to harvest wheat in Bear Valley

My Dad died of tuberculosis in 1930 when I was only 12 years old. I had been living with him and his...

 

A first impression of Tehachapi

I was born in Wayne County, Tennessee, one of Charles and Bertha Peacock's four children. In 1942,...

 

Traces of Tehachapi history remain in the artifacts left behind

Ever since I was a little kid, I've been interested in old objects and artifacts from earlier eras,...

 

Quotes worth sharing

"Admiration: our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves." – Ambrose Bierce...

 

Quotes worth sharing

A young lady who sat by President Calvin Coolidge at a dinner tried all evening to get him into a...

 

Quotes worth sharing

"If you're wanting to see trains in Tehachapi or watch a train go around the Loop, don't try it on...

 

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