Garlock, California

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Garlock is located in California
Location in California
Garlock is located in the United States
Garlock (the United States)
Coordinates: 35°24′09″N 117°47′24″W / 35.40250°N 117.79000°W / 35.40250; -117.79000Coordinates: 35°24′09″N 117°47′24″W / 35.40250°N 117.79000°W / 35.40250; -117.79000
CountryUnited States
CountyKern County
Elevation2,169 ft (661 m)
Reference no.671

Garlock (formerly, Eugeneville)[2] is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located 6.25 miles (10 km) east-southeast of Saltdale,[2] at an elevation of 2169 feet (661 m).[1]

A post office operated at Garlock from 1896 to 1904 and from 1923 to 1926.[2]

Garlock is a ghost town that was known as El Paso City or Cow Wells interchangeably. The little town provided water for cattlemen and freighters wishing to avoid the potentially treacherous washes in Red Rock Canyon; some gold had been found in the canyons of the El Paso Mountains, enough to warrant an arrastra being built in 1887. In 1893 a nugget was brought in worth $1,900 from Goler Heights (former reference to Goler Canyon is located in Death Valley, NOT off Garlock Rd.) and so the rush began. In 1894 Eugene Garlock of Tehachapi moved in an eight stamp mill. Miners would talk of going down to "the Garlock mill," "down to the Garlock," and finally just "Garlock."

The site is now registered as California Historical Landmark #671.[3]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Garlock, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1039. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ "Garlock". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.

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