This "trompe l'oeil"
mural was designed by master muralist John Pugh
and painted by Marc Spykerbosch. The wall upon
which the mural was painted appears to be cracking
open from the force of a historic 1952 earthquake.
(Interestingly, the "cracks" in the
mural had to be re-touched and re-painted by
local muralist Lyn Bennett in January, 2008.)
The Tehachapi Loop, built in
1876, is located a few miles west of town near
CA-58 and is a favorite place for train enthusiasts.
If a train is long enough, it is possible to
see it cross over itself as it gains nearly
77 feet in elevation in less than 4,000 feet
of track heading up the summit.
In this mural, a train dating
from 1952 with a helper engine mounted in the
middle of the train is chugging its way up the
steep incline. (Here's
an example of such a train that RoadTrip America
photographed in February, 1998.)
Gerald Thurman kicked off 2009
with a visit to Tehachapi and documented
some of the murals around town. The Tehachapi
Main Street Murals Committee has posted information
about the various artists.
Other John Pugh murals found
in the RTA collection include:
Days in Hidden Valley"
on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona"
Painted on the SE corner of the Ace Lumber store
Pauley Street and West Tehachapi Boulevard
Tehachapi, California 93561