Coso (former settlement), California

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Former settlement
Coso is located in California
Location in California
Coso is located in the United States
Coso (the United States)
Coordinates: 36°10′36″N 117°38′49″W / 36.17667°N 117.64694°W / 36.17667; -117.64694Coordinates: 36°10′36″N 117°38′49″W / 36.17667°N 117.64694°W / 36.17667; -117.64694[1]
CountryUnited States
CountyInyo County
Elevation5,784 ft (1,763 m)

Coso (also, Granite Springs) was a settlement in Inyo County, California.[2] It is located in the Coso Range 4 miles (6.4 km) east-southeast of Coso Peak.[2] Today, Coso is located within Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.[3]

Dr. Darwin French discovered gold at the site in 1860.[2][3] The place was named Granite Springs in 1860.[2] The name Coso comes from the Coso people, local Native Americans.[2]

There are at least three places named Coso in Inyo County. This settlement is sometimes known as Old Coso and is located southwest of Darwin, California. There is also Coso Junction, located on US 395. South of Coso Junction is the rail siding of Coso.


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Coso (historical)
  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. 1156. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ a b Palazzo, Robert P. (2014). Ghost Towns of Death Valley. Arcadia. ISBN 9781467132275. Retrieved December 8, 2020.