Fort Tejon State Historic Park

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Fort Tejon State Historic Park, 6/8/12

Fort Tejon is a 1854 restored army fort, one of 70 California State Parks slated for closure July 2012.  The park features 400 year old Valley Oak Trees, exhibits and a museum.  Located off the I5 fwy, a few miles North of Gorman in Lebec (Kern County near the "grapevine").  Fort Tejon was the site of the largest earthquake recorded in Southern California history, magnitude 8.0 in 1857 (actually the quake was not centered at Ft Tejon but this was the closest populated area at the time).  For current hours of operation and more information see the California State Parks Website at http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=585 For more pictures see the Fort Tejon photo gallery on CAopenspace Facebook Page.  Click any pic on this page to enlarge. 

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The jail, 6/8/12

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A few older pics from March 2008:

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Fort Tejon State Historic Park
Fort Tejon State Historic Park, 3/30/08

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External Links:

Nice Fort Tejon SHP writeup & beautiful pics by Walk Simply:
http://www.walksimply.com/walks/pitstopping-stretch-your-legs-at-fort-tejon-historic-state-park/

A good wiki page on Fort Tejon:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Tejon 

Fort Tejon Historical Association on the park closure:
http://www.forttejon.org/closing_fort.html 

Southern California Earthquake Data Center on Fort Tejon Earthquake:
http://www.data.scec.org/significant/forttejon1857.html 

USGS on Fort Tejon Earthquake:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/parkfield/1857.php 

California State Parks official Fort Tejon webpage:
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=585

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