John Fuess of Cuddy Valley on his horse Red at a reenactment day at Fort Tejon. Readers are urged to go vote for Fort Tejon State Historic Park in an effort to win $100,000 to help keep the park open. See how in this story.
Fort Tejon State Historic Park, central to the settlement of the Mountain Communities in the 1850s and a key site in California’s history, is also critical to this area’s ecotourism future. The park and its rich living history program attract 100,000 visitors a year to stop here. Now it is slated to be closed because of state budget woes.
You can be part of the struggle to keep Fort Tejon alive. Do you have photos from your child’s field trip to the park? A Fourth of July photo to share?
To win $100,000 to help keep the Fort open, supporters have entered an online contest. They now have 10,617 votes. Fort Tejon has bounced from 116th place up to 14th and is currently at 20th. This means it is a contender, but your votes are needed more than ever to win.
You can vote as many times as you like, plus gain multiple vote points by uploading your photos, up to 20 times a day. Both can be done at www.Live- Positively.com or use the link here. Enter ‘Fort Tejon Statte Historic Park" and then Lebec in the next section. Click on the map marker and then vote.
Votes can be cast until September 6 at 11:59 p.m. but voting everyday, several times, will be necessary to win.—PS, PH
This is part of the July 22, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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