Category: Military

Fort Tejon

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Image: 1941 map from http://www.militarymuseum.org/FtTejon.html .

“Fort Tejon was established on August 10, 1854 at a point in the Tejon Pass where the Coast Range meets the Sierra Nevada and about three miles north from the present Lebec Station…  It continued to be occupied until June 15, 1861 when its regular garrison was removed for transfer to the east. It was reoccupied by California Volunteers from August 17, 1863 to September 11, 1864, when, with the final removal of the Native Americans from Tejon Pass to the Tule River Reserve, it was abandoned…  The military reservation and its 25 structures then became a part of the Rancho Tejon, a Mexican Land Grant, purchased by Lieutenant Beale, who eventually increased his holdings to nearly 200,000 acres. Part of Fort Tejon’s site is now a State Historical Monument under the California Beaches and Parks System. It was deeded to the State in 1939 by Rancho Tejon.

The Mythical Fort Tejon “Camel Corps”
“George Stammerjohn, State Historian II, California Department of Parks and Recreation

“At Fort Tejon, camels were NOT an essential element of the Fort’s history. Camels were at the Fort for only 5-1/2 months, from Nov. 17, 1859 to mid April 1860. The camels were never used by the soldiers at Fort Tejon. They were government property and were kept here only a short time during the winter of 1859/60 before being moved to the Los Angeles Quartermaster Depot on their way to Benicia where they were auctioned off at a loss to the Government in 1864.”

Excerpts from http://www.militarymuseum.org/FtTejon.html .

Traffic

“A traffic engineer of the [California] Division of Highways gives the information that 1,750,000 automobiles passed over this route [at Fort Tejon] in 1939…

Excerpt from https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/cullimore_oldadobes.htm . Read about the old adobes on the site at the link.

 

 

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U.S. Army Air Corps expanded

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image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/USAAC_Roundel_1919-1941.svg

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a January 1939 special message to Congress, requested a “minimum 3,000-plane increase” for the Air Corps. In April, Congress allocated funds to expand the Air Corps that included adding 2,500 to 5,000 aircraft and more staff and facilities. The War Department resumed work on development of the long-range B-29 bomber that had been put on hold due to infighting between ground and air advocates in the military.

The history of the Army Air Corps since World War I and its later separation into the Air Force can be found here: http://military.wikia.com/wiki/US_Army_Air_Corps .