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By Charles White
contributing writer 

Premiere showing of '4:52: The Tehachapi Earthquake,' Aug. 29


August 20, 2022

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Cover of "4:52: The Tehachapi Earthquake."

Join us for the first viewing of a new short video that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the devastating 1952 Tehachapi earthquake that destroyed downtown Tehachapi.

The date and time of 4:52 a.m., July 21, 1952 was seared into the minds of Tehachapi residents for decades. Even today, old timers have stories to tell about the most devastating event in Tehachapi history, an earthquake of such magnitude that it was felt throughout the state, from San Diego to Northern California. It was the most powerful California earthquake since the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

The program will be shown at the Hitching Post Theaters, 201 S. Green St., Tehachapi, on Monday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The $10 per person admission fee includes a special showing of the DVD followed by remarks from Thom Mills, producer of the DVD; Emily Fisher, the geologist featured in the video; and Jon Hammond, local historian.

Learn from the geologist the facts about the White Wolf Fault, which runs the length of the San Joaquin Valley. Hear interviews with those who survived the catastrophe and still have vivid memories of that fateful morning. See historic photos of a town destroyed in a matter of minutes and experience the terror that the folks in our small mountain town experienced.

After the presentation, walk a block to the Errea Garden, for wine, appetizers and an opportunity to purchase a copy of the DVD at a discounted price of $15.

The Hitching Post concession stand will be open with all your favorites. The Hitching Post Theater is graciously donating the use of the theater for this fundraiser. All proceeds go to the Tehachapi Heritage League.

This event may sell out so call now for reservations, $10 per person. For phone reservations call Charles White at (661) 972-0958 for a credit card payment, or visit the Tehachapi Museum, 310 S. Green St., on Saturday or Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. for cash or check payments.


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