Famoso, California

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Famoso
Unincorporated community
Vintage sign collection in Famoso
Vintage sign collection in Famoso
Famoso is located in California
Famoso
Famoso
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°35′53″N 119°12′29″W / 35.59806°N 119.20806°W / 35.59806; -119.20806Coordinates: 35°35′53″N 119°12′29″W / 35.59806°N 119.20806°W / 35.59806; -119.20806
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation[1] 427 ft (130 m)

Famoso (formerly, Poso and Spottiswood)[2] is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located on Poso Creek 5.5 miles (8.9 km) south-southeast of McFarland,[2] at an elevation of 427 feet (130 m).[1]

Famoso is located at the junction of State Route 99 and the eastern terminus of State Route 46. The U.S. Geological Survey, Geographic Names Information System shows a feature ID of 242167 for the community, making its existence official.

The Spottiswood post office opened in 1888, changed its name to Famoso in 1895, closed for a period in 1919, moved in 1940, and closed for good in 1946.[2] The name Poso was bestowed by the Southern Pacific Railroad when it reached the site in the 1870s.[2] Famoso is a Spanish word meaning "famous" or "celebrated".[3]

Early in its history, the city of Famoso was also known as Pozo, California. This name conflicted with the community of Pozo along the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route in San Luis Obispo County. The route of an early irrigation project, the Pozo Canal, is visible from aerial photos of this area. Poso Creek flows to the northwest, passing immediately north of town.

The eastward continuation of SR 46, Famoso Woody Road, leads into the Sierra foothills, passing through the Mount Poso Oil Field on the way. The westward continuation leads to the city of Paso Robles, California in San Luis Obispo County.

The town is famous for its nut groves and especially the race track - Auto Club Famoso Raceway (Famoso Raceway).

The ZIP Code is 93250, and the community is inside area code 661.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Famoso, California
  2. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1034. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 123.