Rumsey, California

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Coordinates: 38°53′18″N 122°14′15″W / 38.88833°N 122.23750°W / 38.88833; -122.23750

Rumsey
Unincorporated community
Rumsey is located in California
Rumsey
Rumsey
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°53′18″N 122°14′15″W / 38.88833°N 122.23750°W / 38.88833; -122.23750
Country United States
State California
County Yolo County
Elevation[1] 420 ft (128 m)

Rumsey is an unincorporated community in Yolo County, California. It is located 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Esparto,[2] in the Capay Valley, in the northwestern part of the county. Rumsey's ZIP Code is 95679 and its area code 530. It lies at an elevation of 420 feet (128 m).

History[edit]

A post office was erected in 1878 near the Rumsey community, but it was named "Rock". In 1888 it was moved two miles north to the terminus of the Vaca Valley and Clear Lake Railroad, and the name was changed to "Rumsey". The name "Rock" was after a rock landmark, and the name "Rumsey" was given after Captain DeWitt Clinton Rumsey who owned the land at the time.[2] One writer suspects that "Captain" is a courtesy title, possibly from being the "boss" of cattle drives.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rumsey, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 548. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  3. ^ Knight, Terry (2 February 2010). "It's called the Rumsey Gauge for a reason". Record Bee. Retrieved 10 February 2014.