Crater, California

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Crater is located in California
Location in California
Crater is located in the United States
Crater (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°12′58″N 117°41′14″W / 37.21611°N 117.68722°W / 37.21611; -117.68722Coordinates: 37°12′58″N 117°41′14″W / 37.21611°N 117.68722°W / 37.21611; -117.68722
CountryUnited States
CountyInyo County
Elevation5,305 ft (1,617 m)

Crater is an unincorporated community in Inyo County, California.[1] It is located in the Last Chance Range 19 miles (31 km) northwest of Ubehebe Crater,[2] at an elevation of 5305 feet (1617 m).[1]

Crater has been noted for its unusual place name.[3]

Human activity at the site was primarily concerned with production of sulfur, which was discovered in 1917. Sulfur mining and ore milling operations occurred at Crater intermittently from 1917 through the late 1960's. The site is a privately owned inholding surrounded by Death Valley National Park.


Description of Sulfur mining operations at Crater

WikiMap entry on Crater


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Crater, California
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1157. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Thompson, George E. (1 July 2009). You Live Where?: Interesting and Unusual Facts about where We Live. iUniverse. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4401-3421-0.