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Listen and subscribe to the new season of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast. This season Barry Zoeller reads from the classic book, “Men of El Tejon, Empire in the Tehachapis,” written by Earle Crowe in 1957. In episode nine, Barry turns to a series of episodes on the first owner of “Ranchos El Tejon,” Edward Fitzgerald Beale and a journey he took th…
 
Welcome to season 2 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This season Barry Zoeller reads from the classic book, “Men of El Tejon, Empire in the Tehachapis,” written by Earle Crowe in 1957. In episode eight, Barry continues to look at the changing hands of the early owners of land grants at Tejon in the mid-1800s. Drama ensued, with hearings and cost…
 
Welcome to season 2 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This season Barry Zoeller reads from the classic book, “Men of El Tejon, Empire in the Tehachapis,” written by Earle Crowe in 1957. In episode seven, Barry explores the different Mexican land grants that made up Rancho El Tejon. Changing many hands in the mid-1800s, the grant finally landed wi…
 
Welcome to season 2 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This season Barry Zoeller reads from the classic book, “Men of El Tejon, Empire in the Tehachapis,” written by Earle Crowe in 1957. In episode six, Barry reads through chapter three and explores the origin of the land grant program. What exactly was that? Listen to find out more! (Hint: You'll…
 
Welcome to season 2 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This season Barry Zoeller reads from the classic book, “Men of El Tejon, Empire in the Tehachapis,” written by Earle Crowe in 1957. In episode five, Barry continues to profile the early explores of Tejon Ranch with a look at the trapper and the bishop: pioneer, frontiersman, hunter, trapper, a…
 
Welcome to season 2 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This season Barry Zoeller reads from the classic book, “Men of El Tejon, Empire in the Tehachapis,” written by Earle Crowe in 1957. In episode four, Barry continues to profile the early explores of Tejon Ranch. Father Francisco Garcas was a Spanish Franciscan friar who served as a missionary a…
 
Welcome to season 2 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This season Barry Zoeller reads from the classic book, “Men of El Tejon, Empire in the Tehachapis,” written by Earle Crowe in 1957. In episode three, a look at the solider who first crossed the Tejon Pass to see the San Joaquin Valley laid out before him. Meet Captain Pedro Fages of Spain and …
 
Welcome to season 2 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This season Barry Zoeller reads from the classic book, “Men of El Tejon, Empire in the Tehachapis,” written by Earle Crowe in 1957. Episode two starts at the beginning and looks at Tejon Ranch's first inhabitants: the native tribes who called the San Joaquin Valley and Tehachapi Mountains home…
 
Welcome to season 2 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This season Barry Zoeller reads from the classic book, “Men of El Tejon, Empire in the Tehachapis,” written by Earle Crowe in 1957. Episode one explores the inspiration behind the book and a preview of what’s to come in our new season. From native Americans to Edward Fitzgerald Beale to the Ch…
 
Welcome to Episode 17 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast. As we near the end of this series (only two more episodes left!), learn about the mighty I-5, built from the Canadian to the Mexican border. Before that? There was the Ridge Route Road, built in 1914. Imagine carving out a road through mountain ridges and canyons with no more than hand tools…
 
Tejon Ranch’s history is rooted in agriculture and it’s a core part of who we are today. In this episode of the Tejon Ranch Podcast, Barry Zoeller, VP of Corporate Communications, speaks with Dennis Atkinson, Sr. VP of Agriculture and Water Resources, about agriculture and what it means to Tejon Ranch. This episode presents a wonderful look at a si…
 
Welcome to Episode 16 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! The Great Depression of the 1930s had a profound effect on our country and Tejon Ranch was no exception. At the time the Ranch was under the dark clouds of being foreclosed. Then in 1932, M.H. Sherman passed away, putting the Ranch in even more turmoil. After some financial sleuthing, forecl…
 
Welcome to Episode 15 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! With the passing of Edward F. Beale, a new generation of owners emerged. Enter: Harry Chandler, publisher of the Los Angeles Times in 1917. A man with boundless energy and vision, he helped transform the newspaper into one of the largest papers on the west coast and turned the sleepy pueblo …
 
Welcome to Episode 14 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! End of an era. When Edward F. Beale died in 1893, his death marked the many changes that had occurred at Tejon Ranch. He was witness to and participated in many events related to Tejon Ranch and beyond, from fighting in the Mexican/American War, carrying news of the California Gold Rush to W…
 
Welcome to Episode 13 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This episode focuses on the history and creation of our now-famous cross and crescent brand. Where did it originate? For starters, it’s much older than Tejon Ranch. According to legend, it goes back to at least 1200 and was used to mark horses across Spain. From there, the brand made its way…
 
Welcome to Episode 12 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This episode focuses on the trials and tribulations of J.J. Lopez, an early and important resident of Tejon Ranch. Picture this: You’re in the midst of desert with a herd of 16,000 sheep, leading the way to get them through the hot, stifling heat, with a lack of water and food. And there’s n…
 
Welcome to Episode 11 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This episode focuses on one of California’s worst droughts in history. By the mid-1800s there were more than 125,000 sheep grazing at the Ranch and plenty of crops and other wildlife. Of course, this being history, there was a hitch. California suffered a serious drought, with absolutely no …
 
Welcome to Episode 10 of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast! This episode focuses on Edward Fitzgerald Beale and the behind-the-scenes action he took at Tejon Ranch to purchase the land. You might be surprised to learn that he and his family mostly resided in the nation’s capital while the care of the Ranch was assigned to others. Regardless, when he …
 
Welcome to Episode Nine of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast. By 1860, Tejon Ranch was the largest settlement in Southern California. However, it would soon become deserted. With the American Civil War starting in 1861, troops were diverted to battlefields across the country. Pleas from Ranch residents and leaders to keep the Ranch guarded were ignor…
 
Welcome to Episode Eight of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast. Earthquake! In 1857, much of the buildings left on Fort Tejon were destroyed by an earthquake (estimated at a whopping 8.0 on the Richter Scale). The tremors were so strong they were felt from as far away as San Diego and even San Francisco. This episode also explores how mail service was…
 
Welcome to Episode Seven of the Tejon Ranch History Podcast. Listen how Tejon Ranch’s founder Edward Fitzgerald Beale returned to the Ranch amidst a movement to construct a wagon road from the eastern U.S. —eventually passed by Congress. And, since Beale had experience in exploring the Southwest, he was considered the ideal choice to survey the new…
 
Welcome to our Storyteller Series, an occasional podcast hosted by Barry Zoeller about the people of Tejon Ranch, their stories, and the work they do to make Tejon Ranch the special place it is today. The first guest is Mike Campeau—and the topic is stewardship. Mike has been with the Ranch in some capacity for 40 years. Listen as Barry and Mike ta…
 
This episode focuses on the waning years of the California Gold Rush, its positive (and not-so-positive) effects on Tejon Ranch, as well as Beale’s continuing relationship with the Ranch’s native Indians and sometimes tenuous relationship with the Federal government. The big news though: Beale convinces the U.S. Army in establishing a military pres…
 
This episode focuses on the continuing gold rush and Tejon Ranch’s legacy. The main roads that led to the gold fields cut through Tejon Ranch. The roads could be dangerous as California was still wild and there were skirmishes between settlers and the various tribes in California. Ranch founder Edward Fitzgerald Beale was brought it to broker peace…
 
Between 1843 and 1846, the Mexican government encouraged settlement by awarding hundreds of land grants in California. One of these five ranchos, Tejon, helped formed the nucleus of what is now known today as Tejon Ranch. The average grant size was roughly 49,000 acres, and even though the land was free, it still proved difficult for settlers. Ente…
 
Welcome to episode two of our new podcast series about the land and legacy of Tejon Ranch. In this episode, Barry Zoeller explores the early beginnings of the Ranch, including Spanish explorers, native Americans, and the natural beauty of the land that played a role in the settling of the Tejon Ranch. Hope you enjoy this podcast about the legacy of…
 
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