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Walong
—  Unincorporated community  —
Walong is located in California
Walong
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°11′51″N 118°32′16″W / 35.1975°N 118.53778°W / 35.1975; -118.53778Coordinates: 35°11′51″N 118°32′16″W / 35.1975°N 118.53778°W / 35.1975; -118.53778
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation [1] 3,058 ft (932 m)

Walong is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located on the railroad 2.25 miles (3.6 km) southeast of Keene,[2] at an elevation of 3058 feet (932 m).[1]

The name, which honors W.A. Long (a Southern Pacific Railroad official), was bestowed in 1876.[2]

Walong is noted mostly as the location of the Tehachapi Loop, where railroad engineers curved the track around in a circle to gain elevation in a short lateral distance. Trains actually pass over themselves as they traverse this loop.

References

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Walong, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1124. ISBN 9781884995149.  
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