Keyesville, California

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Keyesville
Unincorporated community
Keyesville is located in California
Keyesville
Keyesville
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°37′33″N 118°30′39″W / 35.62583°N 118.51083°W / 35.62583; -118.51083Coordinates: 35°37′33″N 118°30′39″W / 35.62583°N 118.51083°W / 35.62583; -118.51083
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation[1] 2,848 ft (868 m)
Reference No. 98

Keyesville (formerly, Keysville[1] and Hogeye[2]) is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Lake Isabella, at an elevation of 2848 feet (868 m).[1] Keyesville, founded in 1854 is named for Richard M. Keyes, whose discovery of gold in 1853 started the Kern River Gold Rush.[1] A petition to the commander of Camp Babbitt about the depredations of the local native Americans, led to the Keyesville Massacre nearby on April 19, 1863. The community is now registered as California Historical Landmark #98.[3]

Natural history[edit]

Keyesville lies at lower elevations of the Greenhorn Mountains. There are areas of scattered trees and brushy slopes in the vicinity.[4] A number of wildflowers are in evidence in this part of the Greenhorn Mountains, including the Yellow Mariposa Lily, Calochortus luteus, which species is at the southern limit of its range within the Greenhorn Mountains.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Keyesville, California
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1056. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ "Keyesville". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  4. ^ William B. Secrest. 2004. California feuds: vengeance, vendettas & violence on the Old West coast, page 172 of 336 pages
  5. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009. Yellow Mariposa Lily: Calochortus luteus, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg