Benton Hot Springs, California

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Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs is located in California
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Location in California
Benton Hot Springs is located in the United States
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs
Benton Hot Springs (the United States)
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
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyMono County
Elevation5,630 ft (1,716 m)

The Benton Hot Spring is a spring in Mono County, California[2] around which grew the town of Benton[1] (also known as Old Benton,[1] and Hot Springs[3]). 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.[3] The name honors Senator Thomas Hart Benton, United States senator from Missouri.[3] The town saw its heyday from 1862 to 1889 as a supply center for nearby mines.[3] At the end of the 19th century, the town declined and the name Benton was transferred to Benton Station.[3]

Of the springs at the site, one was described in a 1915 book as issuing water at 135 °F (57 °C).[4]

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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Benton Hot Springs, California
  2. ^ Waring 1915, p. 200.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Waring 1915, p. 136.

Reference bibliography[edit]

  • Waring, Gerald Ashley (1915). Springs of California. U.S. Geological Survey Water Supply Paper. 338. U.S. Government Printing Office. doi:10.3133/wsp338.