Wheeler Ridge, California

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Wheeler Ridge
Unincorporated community
Highway directional sign in Wheeler Ridge, with Tehachapi Mountains beyond
Highway directional sign in Wheeler Ridge, with Tehachapi Mountains beyond
Wheeler Ridge is located in California
Wheeler Ridge
Wheeler Ridge
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°00′16″N 118°56′58″W / 35.00444°N 118.94944°W / 35.00444; -118.94944Coordinates: 35°00′16″N 118°56′58″W / 35.00444°N 118.94944°W / 35.00444; -118.94944
Elevation[1] 291 m (955 ft)

Wheeler Ridge is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California,[1] 4.25 miles (6.8 km) south-southeast of Mettler,[2] at an elevation of 955 feet (291 m).[1]

A post office operated at Wheeler Ridge from 1923 to 1972.[2]

Before the development of the Grapevine commercial district to the south, Wheeler Ridge had the last services southbound on old U.S. Route 99 before the climb up Tejon Pass. It is now the point where State Route 99 merges with Interstate 5. Before the 1964 state highway renumbering, U.S. 99 passed through Wheeler Ridge.

On April 16, 2005, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck near Wheeler Ridge, but it was considerably north of the San Andreas Fault, which formed the gap in the Tejon Pass.

Street addresses in Wheeler Ridge are addressed as Arvin east of Interstate 5, and Lebec west of Interstate 5. The ZIP Code is 93284, and the community is inside area code 661.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wheeler Ridge, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1126. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.