Gorda, California

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Gorda
Unincorporated community
Gorda, California.
Gorda, California.
Gorda is located in California
Gorda
Gorda
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°55′57″N 121°28′08″W / 35.93250°N 121.46889°W / 35.93250; -121.46889Coordinates: 35°55′57″N 121°28′08″W / 35.93250°N 121.46889°W / 35.93250; -121.46889
Country United States
State California
County Monterey County
Elevation[1] 148 ft (45 m)

Gorda is an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California.[1] It is located 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Cape San Martin,[2] at an elevation of 148 feet (45 m).[1] It is one of the three small settlements of filling stations, restaurants, and motels located along State Route 1 on the Big Sur coast. The ZIP code is 93920, but mail must be addressed to Big Sur,[3] and the community is inside area code 805.

History[edit]

The fresh springs in Gorda were used by Native American tribes. The first settlement by Westerners was in 1878, when a stagecoach stop was built in Gorda. The settlement expanded with the Gold Rush of the 1880s.[4] The town is now the location of the Gorda Springs Ocean Side Resort.

Gorda is derived from the Spanish word for "fat" or "well-fed".[5]

A post office operated at Gorda from 1893 to 1923, moving in 1910.[2]

Government[edit]

At the county level, Gorda is represented on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Dave Potter.[6] In the California State Assembly, Gorda is represented by Bill Monning as part of the 27th Assembly district.[7] In the State Senate, Gorda is represented by Sam Blakeslee as part of the 15th State Senate district.[8] In the U.S. House of Representatives, Gorda is part of California's 17th congressional district, represented by Sam Farr.[9]

Fuel prices[edit]

As of April 26, 2008, Gorda had the highest gasoline prices in the United States at $6.70 per gallon. Part of this cost goes to subsidize the 100 gallon per day Diesel generator fuel bill for the town.[10][11][12]

Geography[edit]

Under the Köppen climate classification, "dry-summer subtropical" climates are often referred to as "Mediterranean". This climate zone has an average temperature above 10 °C (50 °F) in their warmest months, and an average in the coldest between 18 to −3 °C (64 to 27 °F). Summers tend to be dry with less than one-third that of the wettest winter month, and with less than 30 mm (1 in) of precipitation in a summer month.[13]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Gorda, CA
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 81
(27)
85
(29)
87
(31)
98
(37)
96
(36)
102
(39)
99
(37)
101
(38)
100
(38)
100
(38)
90
(32)
75
(24)
102
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 59.7
(15.4)
61.5
(16.4)
63.4
(17.4)
68.3
(20.2)
72.6
(22.6)
75.9
(24.4)
75.6
(24.2)
77.3
(25.2)
77.1
(25.1)
73.2
(22.9)
64.5
(18.1)
59.9
(15.5)
69.1
(20.6)
Average low °F (°C) 42.9
(6.1)
43.1
(6.2)
43.4
(6.3)
43.5
(6.4)
45.8
(7.7)
48.3
(9.1)
50.4
(10.2)
50.0
(10)
50.3
(10.2)
47.9
(8.8)
44.9
(7.2)
41.9
(5.5)
46.0
(7.8)
Record low °F (°C) 27
(−3)
29
(−2)
27
(−3)
30
(−1)
35
(2)
37
(3)
41
(5)
40
(4)
39
(4)
36
(2)
28
(−2)
27
(−3)
27
(−3)
Precipitation inches (mm) 9.10
(231.1)
8.65
(219.7)
6.49
(164.8)
3.11
(79)
1.09
(27.7)
0.24
(6.1)
0.03
(0.8)
0.05
(1.3)
0.42
(10.7)
2.03
(51.6)
4.85
(123.2)
7.62
(193.5)
43.7
(1,110)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.3 11.2 10.3 6.5 3.7 1.1 0.3 0.4 1.3 3.5 7.5 10.3 66.4
Source: NOAA [14]
View of Pacific Ocean at Gorda, California.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gorda, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 901. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ USPS ZIP Code lookup tool
  4. ^ http://www.beachcalifornia.com/gorda.html
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 139. 
  6. ^ "Monterey County Supervisorial District 5 Map (North District 5)". County of Monterey. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bill Monning - Biography". Bill Monning, California State Assemblyman, 27th District. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "District Map". Sam Blakeslee, California State Senator, 15th District. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "The 17th District: About the 17th District of California". Sam Farr, United States Congressman, California's 17th District. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "ABC News Nightline - High-Priced Gas in the Middle of Nowhere"http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=4532134&page=1
  11. ^ "Most Stunning View in Town Is the One at the Pump", Jesse McKinley, The New York Times, March 12, 2008
  12. ^ msnbc.com Video Player
  13. ^ Weatherbase.com for Big Sur, CA (closest city on record with same climate pattern as Gorda, CA)
  14. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2013-05-02.