Adelaida, California

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Adelaida, California
The restored Adelaida School in 2013
The restored Adelaida School in 2013
Adelaida, California is located in California
Adelaida, California
Adelaida, California
Coordinates: 35°38′44″N 120°52′25″W / 35.64556°N 120.87361°W / 35.64556; -120.87361Coordinates: 35°38′44″N 120°52′25″W / 35.64556°N 120.87361°W / 35.64556; -120.87361
CountryUnited States
CountySan Luis Obispo
1,404 ft (428 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s)805
GNIS feature ID1660231[1]
Cinnabar ore specimen from the old Klau Mine

Adelaida is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. Adelaida is 10 miles (16 km) west of Paso Robles. The community had a post office from 1877 to 1936.[2]

Adelaida is locally pronounced without the terminal "a." 19th century documents commonly spell the place name as "Adelaide".[3]


In the 1880s, the population of Adelaida was approximately 500, supported by the prospering Klau and Buena Vista mercury mines. The town boasted a community center, saloon, dance hall, general store, and four schools. The population increased further in 1898 with an influx of Mennonite settlers. The Adelaida School, located near the entrance to the Osgood Ranch on Chimney Rock Road, was built in 1917. It is being restored by the Adelaida Historical Foundation.[4] This school and the Klau Mine Road cemetery are all that is left of old Adelaida. Although the quicksilver mines were in operation into the 1970s, most of the local businesses had long since relocated to Paso Robles.[5]

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  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 861. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ David W. Kean, 1993, Wide Places in California Roads. Sunnyvale, Concord Press. ISBN 1884261000
  4. ^ Schoolhouse restoration project
  5. ^ David W. Kean, Wide Places in the California Roads: The encyclopedia of California's small towns and the roads that lead to them (Volume 1 of 4: Southern California Counties), pp. 11-12

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