Garden Valley, El Dorado County, California

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Coordinates: 38°51′15″N 120°51′34″W / 38.85417°N 120.85944°W / 38.85417; -120.85944

Garden Valley
Unincorporated community
Garden Valley is located in California
Garden Valley
Garden Valley
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°51′15″N 120°51′34″W / 38.85417°N 120.85944°W / 38.85417; -120.85944
Country United States
State California
County El Dorado County
Elevation [1] 1,949 ft (594 m)

Garden Valley (formerly, Johntown) is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, California.[1] It is located on Johntown Creek 6.25 miles (10 km) north-northwest of Chili Bar,[2] at an elevation of 1949 feet (594 m).[1]

A post office operated at Garden Valley from 1852 to 1853, from 1854 to 1862, from 1872 to 1895, and from 1896 to present (having moved in 1940).[2] The place was originally called Johntown in honor of the sailor who discovered gold at the site.[2] The name was changed in recognition that marketing vegetables was more lucrative than gold mining.[2]

Education[edit]

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District serves Garden Valley.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Garden Valley, El Dorado County, California
  2. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 489. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Home page. Black Oak Mine Unified School District. July 20, 2002. Retrieved on October 27, 2010.