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 25 miles (40 km) north-northeast of Bakersfield,[3] at an elevation of 1654 feet (504 m).[1]

Woody was founded in 1889, and was named after Dr. Sparrell Walter Woody, who was a pioneer in the area.[3] The first post office at Woody also opened in 1889.[3] In 1891, Joseph Weringer laid out the town, then called Weringdale, but the name quickly reverted to Woody.[3]

Woody is mostly a ranch town, even though the ranches of Woody lie usually a few miles out of town. At the "outskirts" of town is the Blue Mountain Graveyard. Across from the graveyard is the fire department. About one hundred yards west of the fire department, is a post office. In the 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.

Woody has been influenced by the nearby Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain at one time had a copper mine. It has been rumored that the outlaw Joaquin Murrieta once had a cave/hideout in the area that he used while on the run. However, nobody has been able to find it, so it remains a "rural" legend.


  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.