Panama, California

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For the nearby unincorporated community in Kern County see Pumpkin Center
Panama is located in California
Location in California
Panama is located in the United States
Panama (the United States)
Coordinates: 35°16′01″N 119°03′24″W / 35.26694°N 119.05667°W / 35.26694; -119.05667Coordinates: 35°16′01″N 119°03′24″W / 35.26694°N 119.05667°W / 35.26694; -119.05667
CountryUnited States
CountyKern County
Elevation351 ft (107 m)

Panama, formerly named Rio Bravo after the Spanish name for the Kern River, Rio Bravo de San Felipe, is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located 8 miles (13 km) south-southwest of Bakersfield,[2] at an elevation of 351 feet (107 m) in the San Joaquin Valley.[1]

A post office operated at Panama from 1874 to 1876.[2]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Panama, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1085. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.