New Loop Overlook soon to be reality
Rotary Club of Tehachapi
January 30, 2021
It was a little over two years ago that Keith Sackawitz of Friends of the Depot appeared before a GTEDC meeting and presented the idea of building a viewing platform at the Loop Overlook on Woodford Tehachapi Rd. Over 12,000 visitors a year visit the Overlook said Sackawitz, many in tour buses and FOTD felt the narrow road and limited parking area was difficult and dangerous for visitors. The monument itself is too close to the road and in bad repair. The 144 year old Loop is known worldwide as one of the seven wonders of the railroad world and currently hosts and average of 38 trains per day. It was opened in 1876 and named a California Historical Landmark in 1953.
That 2018 GTEDC presentation sparked a partnership between the County of Kern and Friends of the Depot that created a project that could be completed in the next year. Supervisor Zack Scrivner appointed local resident Laura Lynne Wyatt to spearhead the project and on January 21 Wyatt told Tehachapi Rotarians that a full fundraising campaign will be unveiled on March 6 of this year. The campaign has been designed and produced locally, using local talent. The FOTD have so far raised about $32,000 of the $100,000 needed to complete the $150,000 project. The County of Kern has engineered the widening of the road and donated the concrete and fill dirt needed for the project.
The new viewing platform will be about 30 feet wide, 15 feet deep and hold about 40 people. Stay tuned for further updates.
The Rotary Club of Tehachapi is a volunteer service organization with the motto "Service Above Self." The club has 30 members and are currently meeting virtually on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. If you would like more information about Rotary Club, you can visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofTehachapi/ or contact local club President Chris Naftel at (661) 221-2137.