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Old Gate at Fort Tejon
On the Ridge Route

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Old gate at Fort Tejon. Photograph by Claude P. Dorman, a professional photographer in Bakersfield. Probably distributed to newspapers to accompany a news article.

Undated print, 7.5x10 inches, is pre-1950, the year the photographer died; probably pre-1945, the year he sold his studio.

Cutline (below) reads:

The old gate at Fort Tejon, located in the beautiful Tejon Canyon that (the) Ridge Route section of the Golden State Highway passes through. The entrance is made by way of Grapevine Grade, one of the scenic wonders created by the highway engineers in making the ascent into the Tejon mountains.


About Dorman Bros.

According to Henley's Photo of Bakersfield (accessed 2018), Charles F. Dorman, a photographer from The Denver Post, and his younger brother, Claude, began working at a haberdashery in Bakersfield in 1904. In 1907 they went into business with John B. James and formed James & Dorman, a portrait studio at 1677 Chester Avenue. The partnership dissolved in 1911. The name changed to Dorman Bros., same address, while James opened a studio elsewhere in Bakersfield.

The brothers split up in 1928. Claude, the younger brother, stayed at 1677 Chester Avenue but changed the business name to Dorman's Photo Shop. Charles opened his own studio at 1724 Truxton Avenue. Charles died in 1935. Claude sold Dorman's in 1945. It changed hands again in 1946, 1947 and finally in 1948 when it was purchased by Joe and Ann Henley. Claude Dorman died in 1950. In 1954, Joe Henley formally changed the name from Dorman's Photo Shop to Henley's Photo Shop. Henley's opened a second shop in 1962 and moved in 1977 from its original location on Chester Avenue, where the Dorman brothers started out, to the company's present (2018) location at 2000 H Street in Bakersfield where it is owned and operated by the former Henley's sales manager, Jimmy Bunting and family.



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LW3238: 9600 dpi jpeg from original photograph purchased 2018 by Leon Worden.
TEJON CATEGORIES:
• Fort Tejon
• Rancho Castec
• Tejon Ranch
• Tejon Indians
• Tejon Indian Tribe
• Tejon Ranch Development (21st Century)

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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

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PETER LEBECK

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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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