Tehichipa

Name:

Tehichipa

County:

Kern

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Time Zone:

Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)

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Tehichipa, originally known as Williamsburg, was founded in 1869 by James Williams; while Williams originally named the town for himself, its name was changed to Tehichipa by 1872. The town was a shipping center for Owens Valley gold mines prior to the construction of a railroad in the area. However, when the Southern Pacific Railroad built a railroad in 1876, it bypassed Tehichipa, instead establishing a new town named “Tehachapi Summit”. The railroad caused Tehachapi Summit to grow at Tehichipa’s expense.

Remains:

A post office operated at Tehichipa from 1869 to 1877, when the service was transferred to Old Town.

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Current Status:

Tehachapi Summit evolved into the city of Tehachapi, while Tehichipa ultimately died out. The only surviving building from Tehichipa, the Errea House, is now located in Tehachapi.

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