Kernville (former town), California

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For the current town, see Kernville, California.
Kernville
Whiskey Flat, Rogersville and Williamsburg
Former settlement
Kernville is located in California
Kernville
Kernville
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°42′51″N 118°26′12″W / 35.71417°N 118.43667°W / 35.71417; -118.43667Coordinates: 35°42′51″N 118°26′12″W / 35.71417°N 118.43667°W / 35.71417; -118.43667
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation[1] 2,575 ft (785 m)

Kernville (also, Whiskey Flat, Rogersville and Williamsburg) is a former settlement in Kern County, California.[1] It lay at an elevation of 2,575 feet (785 m).[1] Kernville was established in 1858 as a gold camp, and was inundated by the Lake Isabella reservoir in 1954.[1]

History[edit]

An 1858 gold rush, caused by the discovery of the Big Blue Mine nearby, led to the formation of a town on the flats along the Kern River. Briefly called Rogersville (after the man who first found gold in the area while chasing his mule) and Williamsburg, it was soon renamed Whiskey Flat after a saloon opened in the previously "dry" town.[2] The towns name changed again after 1864 to Kernville. The post office formerly at Keysville was moved to Kernville and operated at Kernville from 1868 to 1951, when service was moved to the new Kernville.[3][4]

The original townsite is now registered as California Historical Landmark #132.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kernville (former town), California
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1055-1056. ISBN 9781884995149.
  3. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1055-1056. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  4. ^ Walter N. Frickstad, A Century of California Post Offices 1848-1954, Philatelic Research Society, Oakland, CA. 1955, pp. 50-60
  5. ^ "Kernville". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.