Merritt, California

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For the California wine region, see Merritt Island AVA.

Coordinates: 38°36′51″N 121°45′38″W / 38.61417°N 121.76056°W / 38.61417; -121.76056

Unincorporated community
Sunflowers near Merritt
Sunflowers near Merritt
Merritt is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°36′51″N 121°45′38″W / 38.61417°N 121.76056°W / 38.61417; -121.76056
Country United States
State California
County Yolo County
Elevation[1] 56 ft (17 m)

Merritt (formerly, Meritt) is an unincorporated community in Yolo County, California. It lies at an elevation of 56 feet (17 m). The post office for the area was established in 1859 as "Meritt", and discontinued in 1860. It was reestablished and ran between 1870-73 as "Merritt". It was named after Hiram P. Merritt who came to Yolo County before 1866.[2] In the late 19th century, Merritt was a shipment point on the railroad for cattle to market.[3] A 1913 book described Merritt, along with Mullen, as farming towns along the main automobile route from Davis to Woodland.[4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Merritt, 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. 522. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Crofutt, George A. (1878). Crofutt's New Overland Tourist and Pacific Coast Guide. The Overland Publishing Company. p. 200. 
  4. ^ Drury, Wells; Aubrey Drury (1913). California tourist guide and handbook: authentic description of routes of travel and points of interest in California. Western guidebook company. p. 189. Retrieved 2009-06-16.