Ockenden, California

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Coordinates: 37°05′20″N 119°19′03″W / 37.08889°N 119.31750°W / 37.08889; -119.31750

Ockenden is located in California
Location in California
Ockenden is located in the United States
Ockenden (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°05′20″N 119°19′03″W / 37.08889°N 119.31750°W / 37.08889; -119.31750
CountryUnited States
CountyFresno County
Elevation5,568 ft (1,697 m)

Ockenden is an unincorporated community in Fresno County, California.[1] It is located 1.25 miles (2.0 km) south of Shaver Lake Heights,[2] at an elevation of 5568 feet (1697 m).[1]

A post office operated at Ockenden from 1893 to 1918.[2] The name commemorates Thomas J. Ockenden, its first postmaster.[2]

Bretz Mill operated one mile to the east on Pine Ridge. Established by Iowan Joseph Bretz in the 1880s it produced millions of board feet and manufactured posts, shakes and shingles.[3]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ockenden, 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. 1082. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Clough, Charles W.; Secrest, William B. (1984). Fresno County: The pioneer years, from the beginnings to 1900. Panorama West Books. pp. 188–207. ISBN 9780914330707.