Benton Hot Springs, California

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Benton Hot Springs
Unincorporated community
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs is located in California
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°48′01″N 118°31′44″W / 37.80028°N 118.52889°W / 37.80028; -118.52889Coordinates: 37°48′01″N 118°31′44″W / 37.80028°N 118.52889°W / 37.80028; -118.52889
Country United States
State California
County Mono County
Elevation[1] 5,630 ft (1,716 m)

Benton Hot Springs (also, Benton,[1] Old Benton,[1] and Hot Springs[2]) is an unincorporated community in Mono County, California.[1] It is located 3 miles (4.8 km) west-southwest of Benton and 31 miles (50 km) north-northwest of Bishop, at an elevation of 5630 feet (1716 m).[1]

The Benton post office opened at the place in 1886.[2] The name honors Senator Thomas Hart Benton, United States senator from Missouri.[2] The town saw its heyday from 1862 to 1889 as a supply center for nearby mines.[2] After the close of the 19th century, the town declined and the name Benton was transferred to Benton Station.[2]

Of the springs at the site, one was described in a 1915 book as issuing water at 135 °F (57 °C).[3]

Nearby[edit]

Other springs are located nearby: Paert's Hot Springs and Taylor Springs, a little more than 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Benton Hot Springs.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Benton Hot Springs, California
  2. ^ a b c d e f Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1146. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Waring, Gerald A. (1915). Springs of California. Washington, D.C.: United States Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 338, Government Printing Office. p. 136.