Navarro, California

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Unincorporated community
Navarro is located in California
Navarro is located in the US
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°09′07″N 123°32′31″W / 39.15194°N 123.54194°W / 39.15194; -123.54194Coordinates: 39°09′07″N 123°32′31″W / 39.15194°N 123.54194°W / 39.15194; -123.54194
Country United States
State California
County Mendocino County
Elevation[1] 269 ft (82 m)

Navarro[2] (formerly known as Wendling) is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, in the U.S. state of California.[1] It is located 18 miles (29 km) west of Ukiah,[2] at an elevation of 269 feet (82 m).[1] It may be reached via California State Route 128, which connects it to the Pacific coast to the west and to the Anderson Valley to the southeast.

A former town of approximately 1000 people named Navarro was founded in the 1860s, located approximately 14 miles to the west of the present town, at the mouth of the Navarro River in what is now Navarro River Redwoods State Park.[3] A post office opened there in 1867.[2] In 1902, the mill at the mouth of the river burned down,[4] and the post office closed.[2] A new mill was built in that year by G. C. Wendling on the north fork of the Navarro River, at the present location of Navarro, and in 1905 the town of Wendling was founded around the mill;[4] a post office was opened there in 1914.[2] However, in 1916 the Wendling mill was bought by the Navarro Lumber Company, at which point Wendling became known as Navarro Mill or more simply Navarro. To reduce confusion, the dwindling seaside town of Navarro became known as Old Navarro, Navarro Ridge, or Navarro-by-the-sea.[4]

The Fort Bragg and Southeastern Railroad connected Wendling (or as it later became called, Navarro) with seaport facilities at Albion, California from 1905 to 1930.[5]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Navarro, California
  2. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 112. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Glenda (February 2, 2010), "Preserving history on the Mendocino Coast", The Press Democrat .
  4. ^ a b c The Anderson Valley Historical Society (2005), Anderson Valley, Arcadia Publishing, p. 119, ISBN 978-0-7385-3017-8 .
  5. ^ Stindt, Fred A. (1978). The Northwestern Pacific Railroad: Redwood Empire Route (3rd ed.). Kelseyville, California: Fred A. Stindt. pp. 44–45,54&91. ASIN B0007F4A2M.