Real Estate Development Since The 1960s

Real Estate Development Since The 1960s (HM2HPD)

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N 35° 7.802', W 118° 26.869'

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Golden Hills, Bear Valley Springs,Stallion Springs, Alpine Forest Park,Mountain Meadows,Sand Canyon

Golden Hills - In early 1960s, the purchase of four ranches in the Old Town area by the Murchison Brothers of Dallas, Texas, became the major development in the Tehachapi area with 5500 acres, first known as Oak Knolls. Boise Cascade altimately acquired the property in October 1968. They enlarged and substantially improved the development, part remaining as Oak Knolls and renaming the other part Golden Hills.

Bear Valley Springs - The Fickert heirs sold the ranch in Bear Valley that contained 23,700 acres in 1967 to a group of Los Angeles investors headed by Ed "Bud" Furer. One of the smaller investors was Peter Pitchess, Sheriff of Los Angeles County at the time. In 1969 Dart Industries purchased the property and hired an internationally known Bakersfield firm, McIntire and Quiros, to design and plan the development, which was originally to be a resort, vacation and retirement community, but eventually became a primary home community.

Stallion Springs - Sometime in the late 1850s Francois Chanac came to the Cummings Valley, claimed land, and began a cattle ranch. It later became known as the Hill Ranch, owned Roland and Russell Hill, later by the Tehachapi Cattle Company, which sold it to James Crofton. It was eventually purchased by Rex Ellsworth, known for his stable of racing horses. In October

of 1969 Ellsworth sold the ranch to Benquet California for a planned subdivision, Stallion Springs.

Alpine Forest Park - At one time, part of this development was the Crofton Ranch. Development began in the early 1970s.

Sand Canyon - Now the site of Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park, former winter home of the Kawaiisu, the area was mainly developed by J.R. Smeed.

In the real estate boom of the early 21st century, development have built large housing tracts in the City of Tehachapi, bringing along commercial development that has changed the landscape of Tehachapi and the surrounding area. A General Plan Update is in place to provide for controlled growth to retain the ambiance of a small, mountain community, with paths for walking and biking.
Placed ByMain Street Tehachapi, Tehachapi Heritage League, City of Tehachapi
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Date Added Monday, June 10th, 2019 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 368088 N 3888422
Decimal Degrees35.13003333, -118.44781667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 7.802', W 118° 26.869'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 7' 48.12" N, 118° 26' 52.14" W
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