Camphora, California

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Camphora is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 36°27′11″N 121°22′16″W / 36.45306°N 121.37111°W / 36.45306; -121.37111Coordinates: 36°27′11″N 121°22′16″W / 36.45306°N 121.37111°W / 36.45306; -121.37111
CountryUnited States
CountyMonterey County
Elevation171 ft (52 m)

Camphora (formerly, Camp Four) is an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California.[1] It is located on U.S. Route 101 and the Southern Pacific Railroad line, 3 miles (4.8 km) northwest of Soledad,[2] at an elevation of 171 feet (52 m).[1]

Camphora began in 1873 as a railroad construction camp called Camp Four.[2] Mexican workers pronounced the place as "camphora" and the railroad used this as the official name of the town.[2]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Camphora, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 877. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.