Historic Tehachapi Train Depot Damaged In Two-Alarm Blaze

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) - Tehachapi city leaders say they plan to rebuild a historic train depot that burned in a two-alarm fire this week.

The blaze early Friday morning caused more than $1 million in damage to the landmark, which was built in 1904.

The large wooden structure is one of more than 60 built between 1896 and 1916 using a standard Southern Pacific Railroad design known as Plan No. 23. Only six are left today, and Tehachapi's is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Officials was in the process of turning the depot into a museum. In fact, they were in the middle of installing fire sprinklers in the building when the fire struck.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

A city council discussion on the future of the depot is scheduled for Monday.
Information from: The Bakersfield Californian,

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