Place Names in California 

Place Names
By County

NEW    Click here to see the progression of counties as they were added and deleted from California from statehood in 1850 until the present, in map form.

Note: Historical Landmarks are current thru 1995 and not all newer additions are listed in the GPS databases at this time.

All GPS readings are in the DD,MM,SS format and use
NAD27  CONUS which is the primary map datum on USGS topo maps for the State.

We are in the process of revising the database, by county, and adding some 55,000
place names to the list - this is an ongoing project.
Counties blocked in white have undergone this final revision

Click on the County you want, to see a detailed list of place names for that county.

Alameda  Alpine  Amador  Butte  Calaveras Colusa Contra Costa
Del Norte El Dorado Fresno Glenn Humboldt Imperial Inyo
Kern Kings Klamath Lake Lassen Los Angeles Madera
Marin Mariposa Mendocino Merced Modoc Mono Monterey
Napa Nevada Orange Placer  Plumas Riverside Sacramento
San Benito San Bernardino San Diego San Francisco San Joaquin San Luis Obispo San Mateo
Santa Barbara Santa Clara Santa Cruz Shasta Sierra Siskiyou Solano
Sonoma  Stanislaus Sutter Tehama  Trinity Tulare Tuolumne
Ventura Yolo Yuba        
Coso Pautah          


Note: The geographic center, or that point on which a surface of uniform
thickness would balance, for the state is located in Madera County ,
38 mi E of Madera, just outside of the community of North Fork.



This database is intended for use with locating areas of interest.

You MUST be aware that removing anything from Federal or State lands are Federal or State crimes.
It is absolutely against the law to remove, deface or in any other manner modify or alter any items including artifacts or items of interest you may find. This means even cutting firewood. This also applies to all government lands, Indian lands, National Monuments, National Parks or Recreation Areas, State Parks or Recreation areas, Beaches,  Archaeological sites or digs, Cemeteries, Historical areas and sites, State and Federal Landmarks, and just about everyplace else you can think of.  The alternative is to locate places on private property but, then again, you MUST obtain permission so that you aren't trespassing. The exception to Federal and State lands is if you are able to obtain a permit for which they will undoubtedly want money.

When all else fails, just take pictures............ and if you do find something, leave it where you find it and bring it to the attention of someone in charge of that area.

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