Links near the upper left corner will take you on a brief tour of the property. “Our new home” shares history leading to the construction of the house prior to our moving in during 2014. “Horticulture” features some of Dixie’s recent planting efforts. “Plywood shack” presents images of the structure on this spot from 1949 until its demolition in 2013. Below is a view of our driveway leading from the house past the water tank and shop on its way to the gate at Old Town Road.
Yellow marks our Northern and Western property lines. The paved road delineates our Southern and Eastern boundaries. A bit of our neighbors’ concrete driveway curves into the image near the upper right corner.
Our Amateur Radio station, also known as “ham radio.”
Acoustics in the Great Room are well suited for the music produced by our 1921 Story & Clark player piano, which was inherited from Dixie’s dad. You can hear the piano play a roll by using the controller at the bottom of this page. Most of our 570-roll collection can be seen in the right half of this photograph. Gaps in the sequence represent spaces being held for rolls Dixie is repairing by hand.
The Tehachapi Loop—One of the engineering feats of its day, the Loop was built by Southern Paciﬁc Railroad to ease the grade over Tehachapi Pass. Construction began in 1874, and the line opened in 1876. Rising at a steady two percent grade, the track gains 77 feet (23 m) in elevation in the Loop. Any train more than 4,000 feet (1,200 m) long passes over itself going around the loop. At the bottom of the loop, the track passes through Tunnel 9, the ninth tunnel built as the railroad worked from Bakersﬁeld. The line averages 40 trains each day. Due to its frequent trains and scenic setting, the Tehachapi Loop is popular with railfans. In 1998 it was named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and is designated as California Historical Landmark № 508. —From Wikipedia
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She Believes in Me was written by Steve Gibb and recorded by American country music singer Kenny Rogers. It was released in April, 1979. Here it is being performed on our 1921 Story & Clark player piano. Typefaces on this page include Times and Helvetica.
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