Bell Springs, California

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Bell Springs
Bell Springs is located in California
Bell Springs
Bell Springs
Location in California
Bell Springs is located in the United States
Bell Springs
Bell Springs
Bell Springs (the United States)
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
CountryUnited States
CountyMendocino County
Elevation3,622 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.