Wendel, California

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Unincorporated community
Wendel is located in California
Wendel is located in the US
Location in California
Coordinates: 40°20′54″N 120°14′01″W / 40.34833°N 120.23361°W / 40.34833; -120.23361Coordinates: 40°20′54″N 120°14′01″W / 40.34833°N 120.23361°W / 40.34833; -120.23361
Country United States
State California
County Lassen County
Elevation[1] 4,012 ft (1,223 m)

Wendel is an unincorporated community in Lassen County, California.[1] It is located 23 miles (37 km) east-southeast of Susanville,[2] at an elevation of 4012 feet (1223 m).[1] Wendel's ZIP Code is 96136.

The Wendel post office opened in 1915 (when it was transferred from Purser), closed in 1920, and re-opened in 1921.[2] The name Wendel was bestowed by Thomas Moran, the president of the Nevada–California–Oregon Railway, for a friend.[2]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Wendel has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[3]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wendel, 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. 428. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Climate Summary for Wendel, California