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‘Here rests Peter Lebec, killed by a bear October 17,1836’ reads the headstone beneath the big oak tree.
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A carver’s depiction of the grisly scene. Grizzly bears still lived in California at that time.
The Grizzly Death of Peter Lebec, Pumpkin Carving, Ghostly Fun
Reported by Gina Kimmel
A thrilling family fun event that brings history back from the afterlife invites you to a candlelight tour through historic Fort Tejon on Saturday, Oct. 16, 4-9 p.m. as guides from 1856 tell the tale of mountain man Peter Lebec’s legendary battle with a grizzly bear. Learn history while joining the funeral procession of Lieutenant Caster, the first soldier to die at the fort, and hear of haunting visits to the park’s historical reenactors by the ghosts of their 19th century counterparts.
Games, living history exhibits and pumpkin carving start at 4 p.m. Delicious barbecue is served at 5 p.m. and tours begin starting at about 6:30 p.m.
The cost for taking only the Candlelight Ghost Walk is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Enjoy both the tour plus dinner for $15 (adult menu is full barbecue tri tip and chicken dinner by Fabiou’s Corner of Bakersfield) and hot dogs and hamburgers for kids under 12 at $8. To reserve dinner tickets please email FTHAghostwalk@yahoo.com or call 323-377-7428. Proceeds help rebuild the Fort Tejon facility. Take the Fort Tejon exit from Interstate 5 at the top of the Grapevine.
This is part of the October 08, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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