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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 3,058 feet (932 m).[1]

Walong is located in California
Location in California
Walong is located in the United States
Walong (the United States)
Coordinates: 35°11′51″N 118°32′16″W / 35.19750°N 118.53778°W / 35.19750; -118.53778Coordinates: 35°11′51″N 118°32′16″W / 35.19750°N 118.53778°W / 35.19750; -118.53778
CountryUnited States
CountyKern County
Elevation3,058 ft (932 m)

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 pass over themselves as they traverse this loop.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic 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. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1124. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.