Prather, California

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Coordinates: 37°02′15″N 119°30′50″W / 37.03750°N 119.51389°W / 37.03750; -119.51389

Prather is located in California
Location in California
Prather is located in the United States
Prather (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°02′15″N 119°30′50″W / 37.03750°N 119.51389°W / 37.03750; -119.51389
CountryUnited States
CountyFresno County
Elevation1,657 ft (505 m)

Prather is an unincorporated community in Fresno County, California.[1] It is located 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Fresno,[2] at an elevation of 1,657 ft (505 m).[1] Prather has a population of 1,569.[3]

The post office in Prather first opened in 1914, closed in 1935, re-opened in 1936, and moved in 1939.[2] The name honors Joseph L. Prather who came to California in 1872 and whose ranch became the site of the town.[2] It is the last community on California State Route 168 before the route climbs into the Sierras, passing Shaver Lake and Huntington Lake.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Prather, 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. 1092. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
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