Woody, California

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Unincorporated community
Woody is located in California
Woody is located in the US
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°42′15″N 118°50′03″W / 35.70417°N 118.83417°W / 35.70417; -118.83417Coordinates: 35°42′15″N 118°50′03″W / 35.70417°N 118.83417°W / 35.70417; -118.83417
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation[1] 1,654 ft (504 m)
Population (2008)
 • Total 135
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 93287
Website [2]

Woody (formerly, Weringdale)[3] is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located in the foothills of the Greenhorn Mountains, 25 miles (40 km) north-northeast of Bakersfield[3] at an elevation of 1654 feet (504 m).[1]

Woody was named after Dr. Sparrell Walter Woody, who homesteaded with his wife at the foot of Blue Mountain in 1862.[3] The Woody School District was founded in 1873 and a post office opened in 1889.[3] Copper was discovered near Woody in 1891 by Joseph Weringer, who founded the Greenback Mine and built the nine-room Weringdale Hotel. Quartz gold was found on Blue Mountain in 1894, and the population of the town, then known as Weringdale, grew to over a hundred. By the time the townsite was subdivided by Weringer in 1909, the community's name had reverted to Woody.[3]

A small ranch town, the total population of Woody has changed little since the mid-1890s. The post office, fire department, and Blue Mountain Graveyard are situated on the outskirts of town. There is also an elementary school and a community hall where the Woody residents have gatherings and events. There used to be a restaurant/ bar in Woody, but financial problems caused it to close.

A local legend states that the outlaw Joaquin Murrieta once had a cave/hideout in the area that he used while on the run.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Woody, California
  2. ^ "Info on Woody (zip 93287), California". analyzed data. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  3. ^ 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. 1129. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.