Whitethorn, California

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Coordinates: 40°01′26″N 123°56′35″W / 40.02389°N 123.94306°W / 40.02389; -123.94306

Unincorporated community
Whitethorn is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 40°01′26″N 123°56′35″W / 40.02389°N 123.94306°W / 40.02389; -123.94306
Country United States
State California
County Humboldt County
Elevation[1] 1,024 ft (312 m)

Whitethorn (formerly, Thorn) is an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, California.[1] It is located 9.5 miles (15 km) southwest of Garberville,[2] at an elevation of 1024 feet (312 m), population 817.[1] Whitethorn shares a zip code with Shelter Cove, California. It is located along California's Lost Coast. The ZIP Code is 95589.[3]

The Thorn post office opened in 1888, closed in 1923, reopened in 1951, and changed its name to Whitethorn in 1961.[2] The Whitethorn post office is located near Thorn Junction on the road between Shelter Cove and Whitethorn. Some remote areas in northern Mendocino County are also served by this post office and thus have Whitethorn addresses.

Whitethorn Elementary School (grades K-7) is located in Whitethorn and is part of the Southern Humboldt Unified School District. Students from the Whitethorn area attend South Fork High School in Miranda.

Whale Gulch Elementary (grades K-8) and Whale Gulch High School are about 3 miles (5 km) southeast from Whitethorn. They have Whitethorn addresses, but are located in Mendocino County and are part of the Legget Valley Unified School District.

About 1.5 miles (2.5 km) south of central Whitethorn is Redwoods Monastery, a community of Cistercian nuns.

The ZIP Code is 95589. The community is inside area code 707.


In the state legislature, Whitethorn is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire,[4] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jim Wood.[5]

Federally, Whitethorn is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Whitethorn, 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. 167. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ USPS ZIP Code lookup tool
  4. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 

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