Come to Fort Tejon on the first Saturday of every month!
Take a step back in time
and see California as it was in 1856. At Fort Tejon State
Historical Park vistors can witness life at this U.S. Army
post of the far west. Fort Tejon was a crossroads for many
converging and competing cultures of the 1850s. Vistors
are invited to view the living history demonstrations of
everyday life of the common soldier and civilian men, women
and children at this mountain outpost.
The Dragoons at Fort
Tejon patrolled a wide area and had many responsibilities.
They settled disputes involving Indians in the Tule and
Kern River districts. They toured the Owens Valley, the
San Gabriel Valley, and Mojave River country to "overawe" the
Indians of those regions and to protect the miners and
prospectors. In 1858 a small subpost was established at
San Bernardino, and in 1860, Camp Cady (downstream from
present day Daggett on the Mojave River) was manned for
a time by Dragoons from Fort Tejon. The Dragoons were even
sent to Los Angeles on occasion to maintain order there.
In June 1861, despite protests from local ranchers, the
Dragoons were transferred away from Fort Tejon, and with
their departure the civilian population melted away overnight.