Claraville, California

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Unincorporated community
Claraville is located in California
Claraville is located in the US
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°26′32″N 118°19′46″W / 35.44222°N 118.32944°W / 35.44222; -118.32944Coordinates: 35°26′32″N 118°19′46″W / 35.44222°N 118.32944°W / 35.44222; -118.32944
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation[1] 6,302 ft (1,921 m)

Claraville (formerly, Kelso and Clarasillo)[2] is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located 13 miles (21 km) north of Emerald Mountain,[2] at an elevation of 6302 feet (1921 m).[1]

A post office operated at Claraville from 1940 to 1941 and from 1949 to 1957.[2] Originally a mining camp called Kelso, the place was renamed Claraville in honor of Clara Munckton, first white woman there.[2] It developed in the 1860s, was deserted by 1869, and revived in the 1930s with the resumption of mining operations during the depression.[2]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Claraville, California
  2. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1017. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.