Kelsey, California

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Coordinates: 38°47′56″N 120°49′15″W / 38.79889°N 120.82083°W / 38.79889; -120.82083

Kelsey is located in California
Location in California
Kelsey is located in the United States
Kelsey (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°47′56″N 120°49′15″W / 38.79889°N 120.82083°W / 38.79889; -120.82083
CountryUnited States
CountyEl Dorado County
Elevation1,923 ft (586 m)
 • Total473

Kelsey (formerly, Kelsey's Diggings) is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, California.[1] It is located 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Chili Bar,[2] at an elevation of 1923 feet (586 m).[1]

A post office operated at Kelsey from 1856 to 1872, from 1875 to 1903, with several moves, and from 1920.[2] The name honors Benjamin Kelsey, who came to California in 1841 and discovered gold at the site in 1848.[2] The town was first known as Kelsey's Diggings because of the mining there.


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


The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Csa"(Mediterranean Climate).[4]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kelsey, 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. 507. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Home page. Black Oak Mine Unified School District. July 20, 2002. Retrieved on October 27, 2010.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Kelsey, California