Wilsonia, California

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A historic cabin in Wilsonia, California.
A historic cabin in Wilsonia, California.
Wilsonia is located in California
Position in California.
Coordinates: 36°44′05″N 118°57′21″W / 36.73472°N 118.95583°W / 36.73472; -118.95583Coordinates: 36°44′05″N 118°57′21″W / 36.73472°N 118.95583°W / 36.73472; -118.95583
Country United States
State California
 • Total0.273 sq mi (0.706 km2)
 • Land0.273 sq mi (0.706 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation6,617 ft (2,017 m)
 • Total5
 • Density18/sq mi (7.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature ID2585464
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wilsonia, California

Wilsonia is a census-designated place (CDP) in Tulare County, California.[2] Wilsonia sits at an elevation of 6,617 feet (2,017 m).[2] It is surrounded by the General Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park.


The community of Wilsonia began as a 100-acre plot of land homesteaded in the 1870s. After several ownership changes, the land was subdivided among residents. The village was officially established in 1918.[3]

The name “Wilsonia” originates from the United States presidential election of 1916. The outcome of the election was decided by votes from the mountain communities of California, which were delayed due to a snowstorm. To commemorate the area's decisive role in President Woodrow Wilson’s reelection, the community was named Wilsonia in his honor.[3][4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land.

While the village is surrounded by Kings Canyon National Park, the village itself is not part of the National Park, and most of the land within Wilsonia is privately owned. Over 200 cabins are located in the village, many of which are summer residences and vacation homes. The 2010 census placed the permanent population of Wilsonia at 5 residents.[5]

Wilsonia Historic District[edit]

The entire community of Wilsonia was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The U.S. Historic district includes 139 contributing historic structures.[6]


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wilsonia, California
  3. ^ a b "About Wilsonia". 2016-08-30. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  4. ^ "Wilsonia: Smoke, wildfire and the 1916 presidential vote". fresnobee. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  5. ^ https://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/cph-2-6.pdf
  6. ^ Christy Johnson McAvoy (June 14, 1995). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Wilsonia Historic District" (pdf). National Park Service. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) and Accompanying ____ photos (212 pages), undated (32 KB)