Fort Tejon was established to protect and control the Indians who were living on the Sebastian Indians Reservation and to protect both the Indians and white settlers from raids by the wide-ranging and rather warlike Paiutes, Chemeheui, Mojave, and other Indian groups of the desert regions to the southeast. Fort Tejon was first garrisoned by the United States Army on August 10, 1854 and was abandoned ten years later on September 11, 1864Living history programs depicting the daily life of the Fort in the 1850's are held on the first Saturday of each month. The Civil War battle demonstrations are held on the third Sunday of the months from May to September. From Bakersfield: (35 minute, 37 miles) Take Highway 99 South which merges with Interstate 5. Take Fort Tejon exit. Follow signs to park.