Ridge Route Communities Museum and Historical Society
The Ridge Route Museum features an extensive collection of photographs, artifacts and research materials that chronicle the rich and colorful history of the Mountain Communities area. Their history collection includes subjects such as the Native People, the Spanish trail through the mountains, early explorers, a local Indian Reservation, Fort Tejon, Mexican Land Grants that became ranchos, mining, National Forests, earthquakes, flora, fauna, and much more.
Numerous programs, talks, classes and activities for all ages are held at the museum. Children's events include doing laundry the 'old way', panning for gold and Native American games. For adults, a variety of basket weaving and other historical craft classes are held.
You can visit the museum at 3515 Park Drive in Frazier Park. Admission to the museum is free; donations are always welcome. Books on local and regional history are available for purchase at the museum or their online store.
Historic Lebec Hotel
The Lebec Hotel was built in 1921, in the style of a Spanish Colonial Revival. The hotel was popular with Hollywood executives and movie stars such as Carol Lombard and Clark Gable before World War II. Other notable guests included gangster Benny "Bugsy" Siegal and aviator Charles Lindbergh. The once beautiful hotel changed hands, fell into disrepair during the 1960's, closed in 1968 and was demolished in 1971. You can see the original lampposts from the hotel on the museum grounds.
The Old Ridge Route
Built between 1913 and 1915, and paved in 1919, the Ridge Route was the first mountain highway built in California and carried traffic until 1933. Considered an engineering marvel of the day, the road opened up travel and commerce between Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley and spawned a cottage industry of gas stations and restaurants along its twists and turns. Occasionally, tours of the route are conducted by museum docents.
San Andreas Fault Tours
The Mountain Communities have a number of fascinating geologic features related to the San Andreas Fault. Occasionally, geologic tours of the region are conducted by museum docents. Private tours may also be arranged.
A selection of self-guided local area tours are available at the museum. These include historic sites such as:
- Lebec to Fort Tejon
- Gorman to Quail Lake
- The old two-lane Ridge Route Road
- Lake of the Woods to Lockwood Valley
- San Andreas Fault
- Frazier Mountain and the gold mining history
- West Antelope Valley