Bryte, California

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[1]Coordinates: 38°35′41″N 121°32′30″W / 38.59472°N 121.54167°W / 38.59472; -121.54167

Bryte
Bryte is located in California
Bryte
Bryte
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°35′41″N 121°32′30″W / 38.59472°N 121.54167°W / 38.59472; -121.54167
Country United States
State California
County Yolo County
Elevation[2] 23 ft (7 m)

Bryte (formerly, Riverbank)[3] is a former town in Yolo County, California, now forming part of West Sacramento. It is located just south of the Sacramento River in the eastern portion of the county. Bryte's ZIP Code is 95605 and its area code 916. It lies at an elevation of 23 feet (7 m).

Bryte was named after Mike Bryte, an early dairy farmer on whose land the town arose. Bryte came to California in 1849 to try his hand at gold mining. Although he did not make a fortune in gold, he bought a dairy farm in 1853 which was very successful. When the California Steam Navigation Company came to Washington, Bryte used the steamships to carry his dairy products to regional markets. Profits from this allowed Bryte to expand his holdings. By 1879, he owned 1,500 acres of land, raised 150 cows and 100 young stock, and farmed 2,500 acres in Sacramento County. Mike Bryte's status in the community was marked by his election to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors and later as sheriff. During the 20th century, Mike Bryte's property was subdivided and became known as the community of Bryte. [1]

A post office opened in Bryte in 1915.[3]

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  1. ^ http://www.cityofwestsacramento.org/about/history.asp
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bryte, California
  3. ^ 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. 456. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
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