Stege, California

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Unincorporated community
Stege from a kite in 1930
Stege from a kite in 1930
Stege is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°55′00″N 122°19′38″W / 37.91667°N 122.32722°W / 37.91667; -122.32722Coordinates: 37°55′00″N 122°19′38″W / 37.91667°N 122.32722°W / 37.91667; -122.32722
Country United States
State California
County Contra Costa County
City Richmond
Elevation[1] 23 ft (7 m)
GNIS ID[1][2] 1659865
FIPS code[1][2] 06-74046

Stege, founded in 1876, was an unincorporated community in western Contra Costa County, California, United States.[1] The town has now been annexed and absorbed by the cities of Richmond[3] and El Cerrito, California. It was located on the Southern Pacific Railroad 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south-southeast of downtown Richmond,[4] at an elevation of 23 feet (7 m).[1] The site is now located in the area known as the Richmond Annex, at coordinates: 37°55′00″N 122°19′38″W / 37.91667°N 122.32722°W / 37.91667; -122.32722.[1]

It was a farm town founded by Richard Stege and wife Wilhelmina "Minna" Boehm Quilfelt, who moved there shortly after marrying in 1870, that surrounded his ranch and featured a general store and railroad stop.[3] The town had a largely agricultural economy, which included ranching, mining,[5] chemical, and explosives manufacturing and frog farming for domestic consumption.[3][6]

A post office operated at Stege from 1889 to 1935.[4] The name of the community is still used for the Stege Sanitary District, a special district created in 1913, which continues to provide sewer service for El Cerrito, Kensington, and the Richmond Annex.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Stege (Costa County County, California)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "FIPS55 Data: California". FIPS55 Data. United States Geological Survey. February 23, 2006. Archived from the original on June 18, 2006. Retrieved May 10, 2014.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Baxter Creek History Archived 2006-12-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ 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. 707. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  5. ^ Fletcher, Hamilton (1921). Report XVII of the State Mineralogist: Mining in California During 1920. Sacramento: California State Printing Office. p. 61. 
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