Chico Martinez Creek

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Coordinates: 35°27′40″N 119°41′56″W / 35.46111°N 119.69889°W / 35.46111; -119.69889
Chico Martinez Creek (Arroyo Chico Martinez)
Name origin: Spanish
Country United States
State California
Region Kern County
Source source
 - location on the east slope of the Temblor Range., Kern County
 - coordinates 35°23′21.44″N 119°52′47.17″W / 35.3892889°N 119.8797694°W / 35.3892889; -119.8797694 [1][2]
Mouth mouth
 - location 73.6 km (46 mi) west of Bakersfield, just east of the South Belridge Oil Field., Kern County
 - elevation 525 ft (160 m) [1]
 - coordinates 35°27′40″N 119°41′56″W / 35.46111°N 119.69889°W / 35.46111; -119.69889 [1]

Chico Martinez Creek, formerly Arroyo Chico Martinez is a stream with its source located in the Temblor Range in Kern County, California near to the San Luis Obispo County boundary. Its source is located 10.7 miles north of Soda Lake, California in the middle of the Carrizo Plain. The creek runs generally east and northeast to terminate just east of the South Belridge Oil Field. In years of heavy rainfall it may have been a tributary to the Kern River between Buena Vista Lake and Tulare Lake.


Arroyo Chico Martinez was a watering place on El Camino Viejo between Temblor Creek and Carneros Creek. The place where the creek emerged from the foothills of the Temblor Range is marked by white chalklike bluffs and hills that may be seen miles across the plains.[3] This stream was named for a 19th century pioneer in the southern San Joaquin Valley region, Chico Martinez, a mesteñero, famous as the "king of the "mustang runners", for his skill in herding wild horses into the corrals built for their capture, at Aguaje Mesteño (Mustang Watering Place) and other places.[3]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chico Martinez Creek
  2. ^ Martinez Creek Source of Chico Martinez Creek, from, accessed November 27, 2011., GNIS coordinates 35.4188542 -119.8623563 352508N 1195144W point at no creek location.
  3. ^ a b - Mildred Brooke Hoover, Mildred Brooke Hoover, Historic spots in California, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1990, p.123