Reefer City, California

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Reefer City
Former settlement
Reefer City is located in California
Reefer City
Reefer City
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°00′21″N 118°11′06″W / 35.00583°N 118.18500°W / 35.00583; -118.18500Coordinates: 35°00′21″N 118°11′06″W / 35.00583°N 118.18500°W / 35.00583; -118.18500
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation[1] 2,762 ft (842 m)

Reefer City is a former settlement in Kern County, California.[1] It was located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) south-southwest of Mojave,[2] at an elevation of 2762 feet (842 m).[1] Reefer City still appeared on maps as of 1947.[1]

Reefer City was established in 1933 by a South African mining company after a gold lode was discovered on Soledad Mountain. The company purchased refrigerator cars, known colloquially as reefers, from the Southern Pacific Railway to house the miners. After the mine closed in 1942, the community housed military personnel from Edwards Air Force Base until the 1960s. In 1971, Reefer City was purchased and demolished by a salvage company.[3]

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Reefer City has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Reefer City, 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. 1096. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Alice, Matthew (December 16, 2004). "A trip to Reefer City, California". San Diego Reader. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Reefer City, California