Frazier Park is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California. Frazier Park is 5 miles (8 km) west of Lebec, at an elevation of 4,639 feet (1,414 m). It is one of the Mountain Communities of the Tejon Pass. The population was 2,348 at the 2000 census.
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 Kitanemuck Indian referred to the site 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."
The community itself 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.
Mt. Pinos, the highest peak in the area at 8,831 ft (2,692 m), is a popular Southern California location for cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking, back-country snowboarding, star-gazing, and other recreation. This peak, and other 6,000 to 8,000 ft (2,400 m) mountains in the area, receive the most natural snowfall in Southern California.
The San Andreas earthquake fault runs through 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.
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A total of 2,348 people lived in Frazier Park in 2000, 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 percent, compared to 13 percent around the country.
It had a significantly higher percentage of disabled people than the rest of the nation — 36 percent against 19 percent.
In contrast with the country at large, where 64 percent of the adults were working, Frazier Park had just 48 percent 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 (or 12 percent) below the poverty level in Frazier Park in 2000. That is the same proportion as the country as a whole.
Almost a quarter of Frazier Park's 1,203 housing units (23 percent) were vacant when the census was taken in March 2000 — much higher than the national rate of 9 percent. This may be explained by the fact that many Frazier Park properties are second or seasonal homes. Property owners lived in about seven of every 10 occupied units, renters in the other three — just about the same as in the rest of the nation.
Frazier Park is governed by the Board of Supervisors of Kern County. On August 13, 2009, County Supervisor Ray Watson announced that he wanted to appoint 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, he said.
The five members he selected for initial appointment were Stacey Havener, Linda MacKay, Steve Newman, Robert Peterson, and Anne Weber. “These individuals were selected based on demonstrated leadership, community service and broad representation of community interests and geographic areas," Watson said. "We are leaving open the option to extend membership to seven at some point depending on the need to represent additional interests within the communities.
Havener, a real estate broker and president of the Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce, lives in Pine Mountain Club. MacKay of Frazier Park works for the Family Resource Center. She has served two terms on the Mountain Communities Town Council, one term as president. She is one of the original group that researched and suggested the formation of MCMAC. Newman, retired after 34 years as a sergeant of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department, lives in Frazier Park. He has been a member of the El Tejon Unified School District Board for nine years, four of them as chairman. Peterson of Lebec works for Tejon Ranch. He has 28 years of experience in real estate, land planning, economic development and maintenance of sustainable development standards. He serves on the Tehachapi Fire Safety Council. Weber lives in Frazier Park. She established the Mountain Communities Family Resource Center in 1999.
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 third grade. El Tejon Middle School in Lebec takes district students from the fourth through the eighth grade. Frazier Mountain High School, also in Lebec, was founded in 1995 for ninth- through 12th-graders.
Home-schooling 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 percent, Holly Van Houten . . . [a home-school parent of the area] said. Estimates range between 8 and 30 percent—somewhere between 100 and 400 children, she reports.
Frazier Park hosts a branch of the Charter Oaks Community Charter School, headquartered in Bakersfield. The charter school is designed to "provide opportunities, support, and accountability for parents in their homeschooling endeavors."