Cowell, Concord, California

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Coordinates: 37°57′10″N 121°59′22″W / 37.95278°N 121.98944°W / 37.95278; -121.98944

Former Unincorporated community
Cowell is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°57′10″N 121°59′22″W / 37.95278°N 121.98944°W / 37.95278; -121.98944
Country United States
State California
County Contra Costa County
Elevation[1] 259 ft (79 m)

Cowell is a former unincorporated community now annexed to Concord in Contra Costa County, California. It lies at an elevation of 259 feet (79 m).

Cowell was named for Joshua Cowell, local landowner.[2] A post office operated at Cowell from 1922 to 1969.[2] Cowell was a company town for Cowell Portland Cement.[2] Other than a former firehouse, nothing remains of the former town, which was replaced by the Walnut Country subdivision, more commonly known as "The Crossings," during the 1970s. A looming, dormant 244-foot high smokestack remained as the most prominent reminder of Cowell until it was demolished in 2009.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cowell, Concord, 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. 620. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.