Nipton, California

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Nipton
Unincorporated community
Nipton, California
Nipton, California
Nipton is located in California
Nipton
Nipton
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 35°28′0″N 115°16′20″W / 35.46667°N 115.27222°W / 35.46667; -115.27222Coordinates: 35°28′0″N 115°16′20″W / 35.46667°N 115.27222°W / 35.46667; -115.27222
Country United States
State California
County San Bernardino
Elevation[1] 3,031 ft (924 m)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92364
Area codes 442/760
FIPS code 06-51490
GNIS feature ID 246562

Nipton is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California, on the northern edge of Mojave National Preserve, west of Searchlight, Nevada and accessible via Nevada State Route 164.

History[edit]

Nipton was originally founded on February 9, 1905, with the coming of the first train on the newly constructed San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad. Originally called "Nippeno Camp" following a nearby discovery of gold, the name was changed to Nipton when the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad merged with the Union Pacific Railroad around 1910. In addition to being a cattle-loading station for several local ranches, the town and depot also supplied numerous mines in the area, becoming a social center for the sparse population of the region.

Community facilities[edit]

Early facilities included a school, a U.S. post office, a voter precinct, and several small businesses. A five-room adobe hotel built in the Mexican Territorial style, originally constructed in 1910.

Nipton also features two historic residences, the Nippeno House and the Hermitage House.

Climate[edit]

Nipton at dawn in December

The area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Nipton has a mild desert climate, abbreviated "Bwh" on climate maps.[2]

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