Keyesville, California

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Keyesville is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°37′33″N 118°30′39″W / 35.62583°N 118.51083°W / 35.62583; -118.51083Coordinates: 35°37′33″N 118°30′39″W / 35.62583°N 118.51083°W / 35.62583; -118.51083
CountryUnited States
CountyKern County
Elevation2,848 ft (868 m)
Reference no.98

Keyesville (formerly, Keysville[1] and Hogeye[2]) is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Lake Isabella and the Kern River Valley, at an elevation of 2,848 feet (868 m).[1] Keyesville, founded in 1854 is named for Richard M. Keyes, whose discovery of gold in 1853 started the Kern River Gold Rush.[1]


A petition to the commander of Camp Babbitt about the depredations of the local Native Americans led to the Keyesville Massacre nearby on 19 April 19, 1863. The community is registered as California Historical Landmark #98.[3]

Natural history[edit]

Keyesville lies in the lower elevation Greenhorn Mountains. There are scattered trees and brushy chaparral slopes surrounding it.[4] A number of wildflowers are in evidence in this part of the Greenhorn Mountains, including the yellow mariposa lily, Calochortus luteus, which species is at the southern limit of its range within the Greenhorn Mountains.[5]

California Historical Landmark[edit]

The California Historical Landmark reads:

NO. 98 KEYSVILLE - From 1853 until 1870, Keysville was a center of both placer and quartz gold mining. On the knoll just below the townsite may still be seen the outlines of an earthworks fort, built to meet a possible Indian attack in 1863.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Keyesville, 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. 1056. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ "Keyesville". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  4. ^ William B. Secrest. 2004. California feuds: vengeance, vendettas & violence on the Old West coast, page 172 of 336 pages
  5. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009. Yellow Mariposa Lily: Calochortus luteus,, ed. N. Stromberg Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Landmark chl-98
  7. ^ Cal California parks Historical Landmarks