Ben Hur, California

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Ben Hur
Unincorporated community
Ben Hur is located in California
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Ben Hur is located in the US
Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Location in California
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.