Alamo Mocho (Kern County)

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Alamo Mocho (Kern County)
Alamo Mocho (Kern County) is located in California
Alamo Mocho (Kern County)
Location of Alamo Mocho waterhole in Kern County, California
Highest point
Elevation 548 m (1,798 ft)
Etymology Spanish
Native name Alamo Mocho
Country United States
State California
District Kern County
Range coordinates 35°50′N 119°56′W / 35.83°N 119.93°W / 35.83; -119.93Coordinates: 35°50′N 119°56′W / 35.83°N 119.93°W / 35.83; -119.93
Topo map USGS Avenal Gap

Alamo Mocho, (Trimmed Cottonwood) was a watering place on the eastern route of the El Camino Viejo, seven miles northeast of Alamo Solo Spring within the Avenal Gap on the south end of the Kettleman Hills of Kern County, California.


The name of this watering place on the eastern route of El Camino Viejo comes from the lone Cottonwood tree at that arid site that had its lower branches cut off to feed draft animals or provide wood for fires, sometime before the Americans came to California. Alamo Mocho was the first watering place beyond Alamo Solo Spring on the eastern route that then passed to the east and followed the shore of Tulare Lake, proceeding northward across the Kings River to settlements on the Fresno Slough and San Joaquin River before it turned back to rejoin the main route at Arroyo de Panoche Grande.[1]

When Frank F. Latta visited the site the early 1930s the Cottonwood that had stood at the location was gone, the waterhole that was within 100 yards of the Hanford - Paso Robles Road was dried up, and a ranch had been established close by.[2] Its location appears on a 1914 USGS Topographic map of Lost Hills where the site of the ranch house is indicated near the old highway within the Avenal Gap.[3]

Today the ranch is gone and the California Aqueduct passes just south of the old site of Alamo Mocho.


  1. ^ Mildred Brooke Hoover, Historic spots in California, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1990, p.124
  2. ^ Frank F. Latta, "EL CAMINO VIEJO á LOS ANGELES" - The Oldest Road of the San Joaquin Valley; Bear State Books, Exeter, 2006. p.12
  3. ^ USGS Topo: Lost Hills, Edition Date: 1914, Scale 1: 125000; from California Historic Topographic Map Collection -Meriam Library, California State College, Chico, accessed December 6, 2011