Benton Hot Springs, California

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Benton Hot Springs
Unincorporated community
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs is located in California
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs is located in USA
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°48′01″N 118°31′44″W / 37.80028°N 118.52889°W / 37.80028; -118.52889Coordinates: 37°48′01″N 118°31′44″W / 37.80028°N 118.52889°W / 37.80028; -118.52889
Country United States
State California
County Mono County
Elevation[1] 5,630 ft (1,716 m)

Benton Hot Springs (also, Benton,[1] Old Benton,[1] and Hot Springs[2]) is an unincorporated community in Mono County, California.[1] It is located 3 miles (4.8 km) west-southwest of Benton and 31 miles (50 km) north-northwest of Bishop, at an elevation of 5630 feet (1716 m).[1]

The Benton post office opened at the place in 1886.[2] The name honors Senator Thomas Hart Benton, United States senator from Missouri.[2] The town saw its heyday from 1862 to 1889 as a supply center for nearby mines.[2] After the close of the 19th century, the town declined and the name Benton was transferred to Benton Station.[2]

Of the springs at the site, one was described in a 1915 book as issuing water at 135 °F (57 °C).[3]

Nearby[edit]

Other springs are located nearby: Paert's Hot Springs and Taylor Springs, a little more than 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Benton Hot Springs.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Benton Hot Springs, California
  2. ^ a b c d e f Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1146. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Waring, Gerald A. (1915). Springs of California. Washington, D.C.: United States Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 338, Government Printing Office. p. 136.