Bell Springs, California

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Bell Springs
Unincorporated community
Bell Springs is located in California
Bell Springs
Bell Springs
Location in California
Bell Springs is located in the US
Bell Springs
Bell Springs
Bell Springs (the US)
Coordinates: 39°57′07″N 123°35′07″W / 39.95194°N 123.58528°W / 39.95194; -123.58528Coordinates: 39°57′07″N 123°35′07″W / 39.95194°N 123.58528°W / 39.95194; -123.58528
Country United States
State California
County Mendocino County
Elevation[1] 3,622 ft (1,104 m)

Bell Springs was a town and stage coach stop on Bell Springs Road in Mendocino County, California. It was located 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Leggett,[2] at an elevation of 3622 feet (1104 m).[1] A post office operated at Bell Springs from 1920 to 1961.[2] The place was named in 1861 by Jim Graham for the cowbells he found at the site.[2] What was once Bell Springs is now the location of the Bell Springs Ranch. Bell Springs Road, 28 miles of steep narrow unpaved mountain road, was originally called Mail Ridge, and was the only through road connecting Mendocino County and Humboldt County before Highway 101 was built.

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  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bell Springs, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 16. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.