Los Baños Creek

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Coordinates: 37°17′58″N 120°56′56″W / 37.29944°N 120.94889°W / 37.29944; -120.94889
Los Baños Creek (El Arroyo de Los Baños)
stream
Name origin: Spanish
Country United States
State California
Region Merced County, Stanislaus County
Source source
 - location at the confluence of North Fork Los Banos Creek and South Fork Los Banos Creek., Merced County
 - elevation 633 ft (193 m)
 - coordinates 36°57′32″N 121°06′35″W / 36.95889°N 121.10972°W / 36.95889; -121.10972 [1]
Mouth mouth
 - location Mud Slough 2.5 miles upstream from the mouth of the Merced River., Merced County
 - elevation 69 ft (21 m) [1]
 - coordinates 37°17′58″N 120°56′56″W / 37.29944°N 120.94889°W / 37.29944; -120.94889 [1]
Official name: Los Baños
Reference No. 550[2]

Los Baños Creek or Los Banos Creek, originally El Arroyo de los Baños,[3] is a tributary stream of the San Joaquin River. Its source drains the slopes of the Diablo Range within the Central Valley of California, USA. Los Baños Creek has its source at the confluence of North Fork Los Banos Creek and South Fork Los Banos Creek. It flows northeast to the west edge of Los Banos and then north to Mud Slough 2.5 miles (4 km) upstream from its confluence with the San Joaquin River.[1]

History[edit]

Los Baños Creek is reported to have taken its name from the pools, near its head, called Los Baños de Padre Arroyo for Padre Felipe Arroyo de las Cuesta, who was at Mission San Juan Bautista from 1808 to 1833 and conducted proselytizing missions into the San Joaquin Valley. El Arroyo de los Baños was a watering place on El Camino Viejo in the San Joaquin Valley between Arroyo de Quinto and Arroyo de San Luis Gonzaga.[4]

Los Baños de Padre Arroyo is registered as California Historical Landmark #550.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Los Banos Creek
  2. ^ a b "Los Baños". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  3. ^ Mildred B. Hoover, et al. Historic Spots in California. 3rd edition. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1966, p.204-205.
  4. ^ Mildred B. Hoover, et al. Historic Spots in California. 3rd edition, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1966, p.202, 204-205.