Ben Hur, California

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Ben Hur
Unincorporated community
Ben Hur is located in California
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Location in California
Ben Hur is located in the US
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Ben Hur (the US)
Coordinates: 37°21′06″N 119°57′28″W / 37.35167°N 119.95778°W / 37.35167; -119.95778Coordinates: 37°21′06″N 119°57′28″W / 37.35167°N 119.95778°W / 37.35167; -119.95778
Country United States
State California
County Mariposa County
Elevation[1] 1,752 ft (534 m)

Ben Hur is an unincorporated community in Mariposa County, California.[1] It is located 9 miles (14 km) south of Mariposa,[2] at an elevation of 1752 feet (534 m).[1]

A post office operated at Ben Hur from 1890 to 1902, and after moving from 1904 to 1951.[2] The name comes from the hero of the novel Ben-Hur.[3]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ben Hur, 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. 745. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Gallant, Frank K. (27 December 2012). A Place Called Peculiar: Stories About Unusual American Place-Names. Dover Publications. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-486-31081-7.