Plaster City, California

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Coordinates: 32°47′33″N 115°51′31″W / 32.79250°N 115.85861°W / 32.79250; -115.85861

Plaster City
Plaster City is located in California
Plaster City
Plaster City
Location in California
Plaster City is located in the United States
Plaster City
Plaster City
Plaster City (the United States)
Coordinates: 32°47′33″N 115°51′31″W / 32.79250°N 115.85861°W / 32.79250; -115.85861
CountryUnited States
CountyImperial County
Elevation105 ft (32 m)

Plaster City is an unincorporated community in Imperial County in the U.S. state of California.[1] It is located 17 miles (27 km) west of El Centro,[2] at an elevation of 105 feet (32 m).[1]

United States Gypsum operates a large gypsum quarry and plant there and owns the town.[2] The quarry was started in 1920 and was acquired by United States Gypsum in 1945.[3] It is the site of the last industrial narrow gauge railroad in the United States. The 3 ft (914 mm) gauge line runs north to the gypsum quarry and brings gypsum from the quarry to the plant.[4][5]

The first post office at Plaster City opened in 1924.[2]

The ZIP Code is 92251. The community is inside area code 760.


In the California State Legislature, Plaster City is in the 40th Senate District, represented by Democrat Ben Hueso, and the 56th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Eduardo Garcia.[6]

In the United States House of Representatives, Plaster City is in California's 51st congressional district, represented by Democrat Juan Vargas.[7]

Publicity and Media[edit]

In the 1963 film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Ethel Merman's character is seen talking on a pay telephone to her son, saying that she was "in a place called Plaster City."

Plaster City was briefly, in 1993, the locale of the fully restored Eureka Locomotive, one of the last narrow gauge steam locomotives from the height of railroad development in the West.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Plaster City, 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. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ "Gypsum Plant At Plaster City Sold, Announced". Calexico Chronicle. 1945-08-02. p. 1 – via California Digital Newspaper Collection.
  4. ^ "SP Bulletin 1964 — They call it Plaster City". San Diego Railway Museum. Archived from the original on November 4, 2005. Retrieved December 14, 2005.
  5. ^ US Gypsum Railroad Narrow Gauge Link[dead link]
  6. ^ "Statewide Database". Regents of the University of California. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  7. ^ "California's 51st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC.