Frazier Park, California

Coordinates: 34°49′22″N 118°56′41″W / 34.82278°N 118.94472°W / 34.82278; -118.94472
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Frazier Park, California
Entrance to Frazier Park, 2008
Entrance to Frazier Park, 2008
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Frazier Park is located in southern California
Frazier Park
Frazier Park
Location in Southern California
Frazier Park is located in California
Frazier Park
Frazier Park
Location in California
Frazier Park is located in the United States
Frazier Park
Frazier Park
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°49′22″N 118°56′41″W / 34.82278°N 118.94472°W / 34.82278; -118.94472
Country United States
State California
CountyKern
Government
 • County supervisorZack Scrivner
 • SenateShannon Grove (R)
 • AssemblyVince Fong (R)
 • U. S. CongressKevin McCarthy (R)
Area
 • Total5.066 sq mi (13.120 km2)
 • Land5.064 sq mi (13.116 km2)
 • Water0.002 sq mi (0.005 km2)  0.039%
Elevation4,639 ft (1,414 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total2,592
 • Density510/sq mi (200/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
93222, 93225
Area code661
FIPS code06-25534
GNIS feature ID1656523

Frazier Park is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Kern County, California. It is 5 miles (8 km) west of Lebec,[3] at an elevation of 4,639 feet (1,414 m).[2] It is one of the Mountain Communities of the Tejon Pass. The population was 2,592 in the 2020 census, down from 2,691 in 2010.

History[edit]

The earliest record relating to Frazier Park was a report in 1854 that lumber was being produced there from Frazier Mountain trees for use at the new Army post at nearby Fort Tejon. Local historian Bonnie Ketterl Kane wrote that the mill was "supposedly" at the southeast end of the present community. She cited another report that a Kitanemuk Indian referred to the site as Campo del Soldado (Soldier's Camp), "which was where the soldiers stayed when they cut timber from a mountain they called Pinery Mountain, today's Frazier Mountain."[4]

The community was established in 1925 by Harry McBain, who named it in 1926 for Frazier Mountain, on its southern flank. Its post office was established on September 14, 1927, with Charles B. Fife as the first postmaster.[5]

Frazier Park was used in filming for The Waltons television show.[6]

Frazier Park is the setting of the 2011 film The FP and 1974's The Black Six.[7]

On October 11, 2023, a winning Powerball lottery ticket worth $1.75 billion was sold in Frazier Park. The owners of the Midway Market & Liquor store where the ticket was purchased receive a $1 million bonus for selling the billion-dollar ticket.[8]

Geography[edit]

Frazier Park lies within Cuddy Canyon in the San Emigdio Mountains, within the Los Padres National Forest. Mount Pinos is the highest peak in the area at 8,831 ft (2,692 m).

Other nearby communities include Lake of the Woods (3.6 miles (5.8 km)), Lebec (4.6 miles (7.4 km)), Pine Mountain Club (14.5 miles (23.3 km)), and Mettler (16.7 miles (26.9 km)). Santa Clarita is the nearest large city to the south on Interstate 5 (I-5), and Bakersfield is the largest city to the north of Interstate 5 (I-5).

The Frazier Park Post office at Monterey Trail and Park Dr.

The San Andreas fault transects the region, turning southeast on the west side of Interstate 5, just southwest of the Frazier Park exit in what is known as the Big Bend of the San Andreas. The Garlock Fault, California's second largest, intersects the San Andreas just east of town and heads northeast along the Tehachapi Mountains.

The nearest highway is Interstate 5, east of the community. The main road through Frazier Park is Frazier Mountain Park Road, which runs east to Lebec and I-5 and west to Lake of the Woods.

Climate[edit]

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Frazier Park has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[9]

Climate data for Frazier Park, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 70
(21)
75
(24)
79
(26)
84
(29)
93
(34)
98
(37)
103
(39)
100
(38)
97
(36)
90
(32)
78
(26)
75
(24)
103
(39)
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 51
(11)
51
(11)
55
(13)
61
(16)
70
(21)
79
(26)
87
(31)
86
(30)
80
(27)
69
(21)
60
(16)
52
(11)
67
(20)
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 29
(−2)
29
(−2)
30
(−1)
35
(2)
40
(4)
46
(8)
52
(11)
51
(11)
45
(7)
41
(5)
34
(1)
29
(−2)
38
(4)
Record low °F (°C) 4
(−16)
−1
(−18)
10
(−12)
14
(−10)
23
(−5)
24
(−4)
37
(3)
35
(2)
28
(−2)
19
(−7)
10
(−12)
5
(−15)
−1
(−18)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.76
(70)
3.43
(87)
2.32
(59)
0.95
(24)
0.44
(11)
0.08
(2.0)
0.20
(5.1)
0.06
(1.5)
0.18
(4.6)
0.61
(15)
0.80
(20)
2.18
(55)
14.01
(354.2)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 6.5
(17)
4.9
(12)
4.0
(10)
1.0
(2.5)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
1.5
(3.8)
5.1
(13)
23
(58.3)
Source: NOAA[10]

Population[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
20002,348
20102,69114.6%
20202,592−3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[12] reported that Frazier Park had a population of 2,691. The population density was 531.2 inhabitants per square mile (205.1/km2). The racial makeup of Frazier Park was 2,297 (85.4%) White, 16 (0.6%) African American, 31 (1.2%) Native American, 22 (0.8%) Asian, 3 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 212 (7.9%) from other races, and 110 (4.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 528 persons (19.6%).

The Census reported that 2,691 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 1,086 households, out of which 342 (31.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 487 (44.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 116 (10.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 69 (6.4%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 83 (7.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 7 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 312 households (28.7%) were made up of individuals, and 97 (8.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48. There were 672 families (61.9% of all households); the average family size was 3.08.

The population included 643 people (23.9%) under the age of 18, 243 people (9.0%) aged 18 to 24, 616 people (22.9%) aged 25 to 44, 874 people (32.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 315 people (11.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.4 years. For every 100 females there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.

There were 1,354 housing units at an average density of 267.3 per square mile (103.2/km2), of which 673 (62.0%) were owner-occupied, and 413 (38.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 10.0%. 1,627 people (60.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,064 people (39.5%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

A total of 2,348 people lived in Frazier Park in 2000,[13] of which 2,055 (87 percent) were white. Other residents included 34 American Indians or Alaska natives, 19 Asians, and 14 blacks. There were 292 Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

The median age for Frazier Park residents was 38 years compared with 35 for the nation as a whole.

Frazier Park also had slightly more veterans than its share — 293, or 17%, compared to 13% around the country.

It had a significantly higher percentage of disabled people than the rest of the nation — 36% vice 19%.

A fire station at West End Dr and Mount Pinos Way, 2007. Frazier Park is unincorporated; fire services are provided by the Kern County Fire Department.

In contrast with the country at large, where 64% of adults were working, Frazier Park had 48% employed. Those who were working had to travel some 42 minutes to their jobs, compared to 25 minutes for most Americans.

Frazier Park households had a lower median income than the nation as a whole — $46,857, compared to $50,046.

There were 291 people (12%) below the poverty level in Frazier Park in 2000. That is the same proportion as the entire country.

Almost a quarter of Frazier Park's 1,203 housing units (23%) were vacant when the census was taken in March 2000 — much higher than the national rate of 9%. This may be explained by the fact that many Frazier Park properties are second or seasonal homes. [citation needed] Property owners lived in about seven of every 10 occupied units, renters in the other three — nearly the same as the remainder of the nation.

Government[edit]

Frazier Park is governed by the Kern County Board of Supervisors. On August 13, 2009, County Supervisor Ray Watson announced that he wanted to appoint Thomas Lauchlan as Town Mayor and an advisory council to assist him in the governance of the area, which includes Frazier Park, Lebec, Fort Tejon and Tejon Village, Pinon Pines, Lake of the Woods, and Pine Mountain Club. A resolution to form the Mountain Communities Municipal Advisory Council and its bylaws would be brought to the Kern County Board of Supervisors for approval.[14]

Education[edit]

The community is a part of the El Tejon Unified School District. Frazier Park Elementary School is the only non-charter school that lies within Frazier Park; it educates children in kindergarten through fourth grade. El Tejon Middle School in Lebec takes district students from the fifth through the eighth grade. Frazier Mountain High School, also in Lebec, was founded in 1995 for ninth- through 12th-graders.

Homeschooling is important in Frazier Park and surrounding areas, according to a March 2008 report in the Mountain Enterprise, which added:

Per capita, the Mountain Communities may have one of the highest rates of homeschooling in the state, far above the national average of 2% to 4%, Holly Van Houten . . . [a home-school parent of the area] said. Estimates range between 8% and 30% — somewhere between 100 and 400 children, she reports.[15]

Frazier Park hosts a branch of the Valley Oaks Community Charter School, headquartered in Bakersfield. The charter school is designed to "provide opportunities, support, and accountability for parents in their homeschooling endeavors."[16]

Transportation[edit]

Kern Transit provides weekday service from the Flying J gas station via the Route 130 bus to the Santa Clarita Station Metrolink and the McBean Regional Transit Center, which includes many connecting bus routes, including to North Hollywood Station and elsewhere.[17]

Kern Transit also provides bus service Monday through Saturday during the summer months to Lebec, Gorman, Lake of the Woods, Pinon Pines, and Pine Mountain Club. It offers a dial-a-ride service all year.

Media[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The Black Six (1973), a blaxploitation biker film directed by Matt Cimber and featuring several NFL stars was made in the area.

In 2011, an American independent film The FP was released. The comedy film written and directed by brothers Brandon and Jason Trost focuses on two gangs—the 248 and the 245—that are fighting for control of The FP (Frazier Park).

In 2017, the film Frazier Park Recut was released by filmmaker Tom Morris. It was filmed on location in Frazier Park.[citation needed]

The Clones (1973) was shot partially on location in Frazier Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census Archived 2012-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Frazier Park, California
  3. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1037. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  4. ^ A View From the Ridge Route, Volume II, "The Fort Tejon Era," Bonnie's Books, 2002. ISBN 0-9703992-2-7
  5. ^ Richard Bailey, Kern County Place Names, cited in Curtis Darling, Kern County Place Names, Pioneer Publishing Co., 1998.
  6. ^ Imaging service for Northern California libraries Archived 2010-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "The FP - Drafthouse Films". Drafthouse Films. Archived from the original on February 8, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Clayton, Abené (October 13, 2023). "Liquor store in tiny California town to get $1m for selling billion-dollar lottery ticket". The Guardian. Retrieved October 14, 2023.
  9. ^ "Frazier Park, California Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  10. ^ https://xmacis.rcc-acis.org/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  12. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Frazier Park CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ " Mtn. Communities Municipal Advisory Council Members Selected," Mountain Enterprise, August 14, 2009
  15. ^ "Mountain's home schools oppose state intrusion," Mountain Enterprise, March 14, 2008.
  16. ^ Charter Oaks Community Charter School
  17. ^ "Kern Transit | Routes & Schedules".