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Ruins of Old Fort Tejon
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FORT TEJON RUINS

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Postcard 1930s

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Postcard 1940s

1930s souvenir postcard reads: "Ruins at Old Fort Tejon, Founded 1854, Near Lebec." Divided back, otherwise blank. One in a series of postcards that includes this image of Hotel Lebec.

Fort Tejon is located at the top of the Grapevine Pass in Grapevine Canyon (Cañada de las Uvas) on the Rancho Castec. It was garrisoned by the United States Army on Aug. 10, 1854, in order to control Native Americans on the 75,000-acre Sebastian (aka Tejon) Indian Reservation — which Edward F. "Ned" Beale, then Superintendent of Indian Affairs for California and Nevada, was setting up 17 miles northeast on the original Rancho El Tejon — and to guard against raiding parties from other tribes.

The first military fort in California's interior, Fort Tejon was abandoned in just 10 years, on September 11, 1864, as a cost-cutting measure by the U.S. Army, which needed to save money to fight the South.

Structures at Fort Tejon were arranged in a quadrangle around the parade grounds and were constructed at various times throughout the army's occupation of the fort. Some, including the enlisted men's barracks, were destroyed and rebuilt after a major earthquake, epicentered at the fort, struck at 8:13 a.m. on Jan. 9, 1857. Many more were lost and never rebuilt after an earthquake a century later, in 1957.


LW3234: 9600 dpi jpeg from original postcard purchased 2018 by Leon Worden.
TEJON CATEGORIES:
• Fort Tejon
• Rancho Castec
• Tejon Ranch
• Tejon Indians
• Tejon Indian Tribe
• Tejon Ranch Development (21st Century)

FORT TEJON

Inventory of State Park Collection


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Hotel Plan 1858

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Ruins (Mult.)

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Rancho La Liebre STORY 1929

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Postcard 1930s

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Flying A Gasoline 1938

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Home Movie 1939

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Book: Old Adobes (Cullimore 1949)

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Travelogue 1949

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Old Gate Pre-1950

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Enlisted Men's Barracks 2001

• 1857 Earthquake (1)
• 1857 Earthquake (2)
• 1857 Earthquake (3)
• 1857 Earthquake in Harpers Weekly


PETER LEBECK

• Peter Lebeck Story


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Peter Lebeck Exhumed 1890

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Lebeck Story 1901

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Lebeck Oak ~1960s

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Lebeck Oak & Grave Marker x7

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Lebeck Bark x2

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Lebeck Sculpture x3

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