Dos Palos, California
|City of Dos Palos|
Location in Merced County and the state of California
|Incorporated||May 24, 1935|
|• Total||1.350 sq mi (3.496 km2)|
|• Land||1.350 sq mi (3.496 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||118 ft (362 m)|
|Population (April 1, 2010)|
|• Density||3,700/sq mi (1,400/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||277604|
Dos Palos (formerly, Colony Center) is a city in Merced County, California, United States. Dos Palos is located 23 miles (37 km) south-southwest of Merced, at an elevation of 118 feet (36 m). The population was 4,950 at the 2010 census, up from 4,581 at the 2000 census.
Dos Palos is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 1.35 square miles (3.5 km2), all of it land.
In one of his expeditions (1820's) along the westside of the San Joaquin Valley, explorer Gabriel Moraga reported the location of two large isolated poplar trees, which he called "Dos Palos." In 19th Century Spanish usage, "palos" was used to describe tall pole-like trees or "timbers". 21st century usage often translates it as "sticks" much to the chagrin of local residents. The "Rancho Sanjon de Santa Rita" Mexican Land Grant cites "Los Dos Palos" or "The Two Trees" as a boundary marker. In 1891, former school superintendent Bernhard Marks convinced cattle ranch king Henry Miller to develop a small town nearby. They gave it the name "Dos Palos Colony" but pronounced it with their Alsatian German accent as "Dahce Palace." This pronunciation remained for over one hundred years until a recent Spanish pronunciation revival. Marks brought forty pioneer families west from Iowa and Nebraska to establish the community. In 1892, unable to find good water, many of the settlers left. Marks convinced Miller to establish another town two miles away on land unsuitable for farming and ranching due to swamps and unsettling soils. Some of the settlers relocated. This new town was named Colony Center, California. In 1906, Dos Palos Colony was renamed South Dos Palos and Colony Center was renamed Dos Palos. The Post Office was briefly misspelled as one word, "Dospalos" but this was changed within a year. About a dozen of the colony's original families still reside locally. Through the years, people from many other locations joined the community. Dos Palos incorporated in 1935.
On 1 January 2008 6.52 sq mi (16.89 km2) surrounding the community of Dos Palos were transferred from Fresno County to Merced County.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Dos Palos had a population of 4,950. The population density was 3,667.3 people per square mile (1,416.0/km²). The racial makeup of Dos Palos was 3,377 (68.2%) White, 167 (3.4%) African American, 62 (1.3%) Native American, 37 (0.7%) Asian, 4 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 1,075 (21.7%) from other races, and 228 (4.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,075 persons (62.1%).
The Census reported that 4,922 people (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 28 (0.6%) were institutionalized.
There were 1,501 households, out of which 731 (48.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 816 (54.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 232 (15.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 130 (8.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 119 (7.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 7 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 261 households (17.4%) were made up of individuals and 116 (7.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.28. There were 1,178 families (78.5% of all households); the average family size was 3.69.
The population was spread out with 1,571 people (31.7%) under the age of 18, 532 people (10.7%) aged 18 to 24, 1,199 people (24.2%) aged 25 to 44, 1,114 people (22.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 534 people (10.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31.3 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.
There were 1,700 housing units at an average density of 1,259.5 per square mile (486.3/km²), of which 929 (61.9%) were owner-occupied, and 572 (38.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.9%. 2,955 people (59.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,967 people (39.7%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,581 people, 1,424 households, and 1,116 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,075.7 people per square mile (1,187.1/km²). There were 1,491 housing units at an average density of 1,001.1 per square mile (386.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 39.80% White, 4.15% Black or African American, 1.38% Native American, 0.61% Asian.54.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,424 households out of which 45.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.20 and the average family size was 3.63.
In the city the population was spread out with 34.9% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,147, and the median income for a family was $35,906. Males had a median income of $30,568 versus $20,960 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,163. About 19.1% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.9% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.
Members of the Dos Palos City Council serve four year terms. The 90th and current panel consists of:
- Mayor Jerry Antonetti, term ends 11-15-2016
- Mayor pro Tem Alice Thompson, term ends 11-20-2018
- Councilmember Joe Lerner, term ends 11-15-2016
- Councilmember Michael McGlynn, term ends 11-15-2016
- Councilmember Thomas Pigg, term ends 11-20-2018.
- Arthur Batey, developed first successful mechanical cotton picker "Old Red" now in Smithsonian.
- Francis R. Coelho, artist and sculpturer.
- Tony Coelho, U.S. Congressman.
- John S. Correa, speedboat champion.
- Myron J. Cotta, Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento.
- Steve Easter, V.P. Blue Diamond Growers.
- Cheryl Fonseca, anchor and reporter with KMPH 26 Fresno, KOVR 13 Sacramento, and CNN.
- Malcolm "Ike" Frankian, NFL football player with New York Giants, coach of Los Angeles Bulldogs, coach at Dos Palos High School.
- Dan Gamel, largest RV (Recreational Vehicle) dealer in the U.S.
- Gary George, Oregon State Senator.
- Chris Green, Television Director at KABC 7 Los Angeles.
- Irv Ham, Western actor and stunt man, one of several "Marlboro Men."
- Lynn Hamilton, Miss California 1976.
- Dave Henderson, MLB baseball outfielder for Oakland A's and four other teams.
- Shawn Hillegas, MLB baseball pitcher for Oakland A's and New York Yankees.
- James Huffman, Railroad Steam Engineer.
- Albert Todd Hyde, co-inventor of Mentholatum.
- Bill Jones, former California Secretary of State.
- Robert Montanucci, artist and painter.
- Dave Severns, NBA assistant players skills coach, Los Angeles Clippers.
- Lloyd Stearman, aviation pioneer, developer of bi-plane, president of Lockheed.
- William "Bill" Stewart, NFL player with Pittsburgh Steelers, teacher, coach.
- Daniel K. Whitehurst, Mayor of Fresno 1977-1985.
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- History of Dos Palos, Dos Palos Celebrates its Jubilee! The Dos Palos Sun, Dos Palos Publishing Co., 2010
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