Garden Valley, El Dorado County, California

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Coordinates: 38°51′15″N 120°51′34″W / 38.85417°N 120.85944°W / 38.85417; -120.85944

Garden Valley
Garden Valley is located in California
Garden Valley
Garden Valley
Location in California
Garden Valley is located in the United States
Garden Valley
Garden Valley
Garden Valley (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°51′15″N 120°51′34″W / 38.85417°N 120.85944°W / 38.85417; -120.85944
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyEl Dorado County
Elevation1,949 ft (594 m)
Population
(2010)
 • Total2,391

Garden Valley (formerly, Johntown) is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, California.[1] It is located on Johntown Creek 6.25 miles (10 km) north-northwest of Chili Bar,[2] at an elevation of 1949 feet (594 m).[1]

A post office operated at Garden Valley from 1852 to 1853, from 1854 to 1862, from 1872 to 1895, and from 1896 to present (having moved in 1940).[2] The place was originally called Johntown in honor of the sailor who discovered gold at the site.[2] The name was changed in recognition that marketing vegetables was more lucrative than gold mining.[2]

Education[edit]

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District serves Garden Valley.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Garden Valley, El Dorado County, California
  2. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 489. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Home page. Black Oak Mine Unified School District. July 20, 2002. Retrieved on October 27, 2010.