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The city of Tehachapi is an absolute marvel; peaceful and quiet. It is also a place where people will find many historical places such as Tehachapi loop and can experience the four seasons.

A few weeks ago, we presented a report on the history of the city of Tehachapi; while researching the history of the city, I also found three places of historical significance within the city limits. Here is the information I found according to Wikipedia, California Historical Landmarks in Kern County, the National Register of Historic Places listings in Kern County, the National Register Information System, the Tehachapi Museum and the Tehachapi Railroad Museum.

COURTLANDT GROSS HOUSE – is a historic home located in the 18000 block of Courtlandt Court in Tehachapi. Cortlandt Gross, who was president and chairman of the board of the Lockheed Corporation, owned the house which was built and completed in the Tehachapi Mountains in 1942. The house was designed by famed Los Angeles architect Donald Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s; the house is unusual among Parkinson’s buildings because they rarely designed residences and worked primarily in the Los Angeles area and the Courtlandt Gross house is the only house designed by Parkinson outside the Los Angeles area. The stone design includes the steep gable roof and a prominent chimney at the end of the house. The design was influenced by Dutch Colonel Revival and Cape Cod styles; both styles are unusual in California architecture, and the house resembles 17th-18th century homes in the northeastern United States. Stone houses are generally avoided in California due to the risk of earthquake damage, but the house survived the 1952 Kern County earthquake with only minor damage. Cortlandt Gross House was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 22, 1987.

ERREA HOUSE – is a historic home located in the 300 block of South Green Street in Tehachapi; and is the only surviving building from the settlement of Tehichipa, which is the first town in the Tehachapi region. As we reported in the history of Tehachapi, Tehichipa was founded in 1869 and the house was built between 1870 and 1875; in 1876 the Southern Pacific Railroad bypassed Tehichipa establishing a new town site atop Tehachapi which later became Tehachapi. The maritime actions of the railroads led to the decline of the industry, and the townspeople gradually moved to Tehachapi; Errea House was also moved to Tehachapi around 1900. Errea House is located across from the Tehachapi Museum where it helps illustrate the city’s ancient history and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 29, 1997.

TEHACHAPI RAILROAD DEPOT – what is a railroad station in Tehachapi. The depot was built in 1904 along a Southern Pacific Railroad line that was built in 1876; the railroad founded the town of Tehachapi and drew the people of nearby Tehichipa to the new settlement. The depot served a significant section of the railroad as it was located near the Tehachapi Loop and was one of the busiest rural stations during World War II; the station later served as a warehouse and railroad office.

A fire destroyed the depot in 2008, but it was rebuilt in 2009 and now serves as the Tehachapi Railroad Museum with historic railroad artifacts. The original filing was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 20, 1999; although the original deposit no longer exists, it remains registered in the national register.

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