Ivanpah, California

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For the ghost town on the slopes of Clark Mountain, see Ivanpah (ghost town), California.
Populated place
View of Ivanpah, with the Ivanpah Mountains in the distance
View of Ivanpah, with the Ivanpah Mountains in the distance
Ivanpah is located in California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 35°20′26″N 115°18′38″W / 35.34056°N 115.31056°W / 35.34056; -115.31056Coordinates: 35°20′26″N 115°18′38″W / 35.34056°N 115.31056°W / 35.34056; -115.31056
Country United States
State California
County San Bernardino
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature ID 243939[1]

Ivanpah is a populated place in the Mojave National Preserve in San Bernardino County, California. There are several residences in the area, but no real village.[1]

Ivanpah is located on the bajada below the northeast side of the New York Mountains overlooking the broad Ivanpah Valley. The Ivanpah Mountains lie across the valley to the northwest.[2]

Ivanpah is located at the crossing of Ivanpah Road and the Union Pacific Railroad, which was the Los Angeles & Pacific Railroad until 1921 when it was bought out by Union Pacific. There was once a general store located here.

The original name for this crossing was Leastalk. The California and Eastern Railroad crossed the LA&SL railroad at this location. The California and Eastern abandoned operations in 1911, with the tracks being pulled up some time later.

Ivanpah is also the home of the largest thermal solar power facility in the world which opened officially on February 13, 2014. (see Ivanpah Solar Power Facility)

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  1. ^ a b "Ivanpah". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  2. ^ Ivanpah, California—Nevada, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1985