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Glennville, California
Glennville
Glennville is located in California
Glennville
Glennville
Location in California
Glennville is located in the United States
Glennville
Glennville
Glennville (the United States)
Coordinates: 35°43?44?N 118°42?13?W / 35.72889°N 118.70361°W / 35.72889; -118.70361Coordinates: 35°43?44?N 118°42?13?W / 35.72889°N 118.70361°W / 35.72889; -118.70361
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyKern County
Elevation3,176 ft (968 m)

Glennville (formerly Linn's Valley)[2] is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1]

Geography

It is located 30 miles (48 km) north-northeast of Bakersfield,[2] at an elevation of 3,176 feet (968 m) in the Greenhorn Mountains foothills, a range of the Sierra Nevada.[1]

History

The first white settlers in the area were George Ely and William Linn, who arrived together in 1854. Ely died in 1859 and Linn left the area around the same time. Linn's Valley post office opened in 1860 and the town changed its name to Glennville in 1872.[2] The name honors James Madison Glenn, a blacksmith[2] who settled the area in 1857 and opened the town's first hotel.[3] Glennville became the last stop on the stage coach line from Visalia and the trading center for the surrounding valley after the decline of Lavers' Crossing.[2] In 1860, a state-funded wagon road from Glennville to Kernville was laid out by Thomas Baker, a civil engineer and founder of Bakersfield. A tribute to his ingenuity is that today's State Route 155 still follows Baker's route, originally known as the McFarlane Road, almost entirely.

Glennville remains a quiet country town with one restaurant and no gas station. The southernmost grove of Giant Sequoia trees, Deer Creek Grove, is located about ten miles northeast of Glennville. The Glennville Adobe, built before the Civil War, still stands along Route 155 next to the fire station and is the oldest building in Kern County. The oldest standing church in the county, dating to 1866, stands nearby. [4]

Climate

Glennville has a typically Californian Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csb/Csa). Summers are hot during the day, with 51.5 afternoons during an average year topping 90 °F or 32.2 °C, but mornings remains pleasantly cool and dry. Winter days are comfortable with January's maximum averaging 56.4 °F or 13.6 °C, but mornings are cold and 117.6 mornings fall to or below freezing each year, although no morning has ever fallen to 0 °F or -17.8 °C - the coldest temperature recorded since records began occurring on February 6, 1989 when the mercury fell to 1 °F (-17.2 °C).

Precipitation is heavily concentrated in the winter and averages around 19.3 inches or 490 millimetres or about three times that of Bakersfield on the valley floor. The wettest month has been December 2010 with 13.77 inches (349.8 mm), whilst the wettest "rain year" has been from July 1997 to June 1998 with 42.51 inches (1,079.8 mm) and the driest from July 1958 to June 1959 when only 7.82 inches (198.6 mm) fell.[5] The wettest single day has been September 30, 1976 with 5.25 inches (133.4 mm); the only other day to top 4 inches or 101.6 millimetres being December 6, 1966 with 4.38 inches (111.3 mm). Snowfall averages 8.9 inches or 0.23 metres; the most in a month is 19.0 inches (0.48 m) in January 1982 and the most in a season 35.0 inches (0.89 m) between July 1998 and June 1999.

Climate data for Glennville, CA
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 80
(27)
81
(27)
86
(30)
89
(32)
99
(37)
103
(39)
107
(42)
103
(39)
104
(40)
97
(36)
89
(32)
82
(28)
107
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 56.4
(13.6)
57.5
(14.2)
59.3
(15.2)
64.9
(18.3)
73.6
(23.1)
83.0
(28.3)
90.5
(32.5)
89.5
(31.9)
84.1
(28.9)
73.7
(23.2)
62.6
(17.0)
56.6
(13.7)
71.0
(21.7)
Average low °F (°C) 28.4
(-2.0)
30.7
(-0.7)
32.4
(0.2)
35.1
(1.7)
39.8
(4.3)
45.1
(7.3)
51.1
(10.6)
49.8
(9.9)
45.5
(7.5)
38.3
(3.5)
32.0
(0.0)
28.0
(-2.2)
38.0
(3.3)
Record low °F (°C) 6
(-14)
1
(-17)
9
(-13)
19
(-7)
22
(-6)
28
(-2)
36
(2)
31
(-1)
29
(-2)
15
(-9)
10
(-12)
3
(-16)
1
(-17)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.62
(92)
3.24
(82)
3.14
(80)
1.94
(49)
0.77
(20)
0.15
(3.8)
0.05
(1.3)
0.13
(3.3)
0.38
(9.7)
0.78
(20)
2.05
(52)
3.04
(77)
19.29
(490.1)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 1.9
(4.8)
1.4
(3.6)
2.7
(6.9)
0.8
(2.0)
0.1
(0.25)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.6
(1.5)
1.4
(3.6)
8.9
(22.65)
Average precipitation days 8 8 9 6 3 1 1 1 1 3 6 7 53
Source: Western Regional Climate Center[6]

External links

References

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Glennville, California
  2. ^ 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. 1040. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ David W. Kean, Wide Places in the California Roads: The encyclopedia of California's small towns and the roads that lead to them (Volume 1 of 4: Southern California Counties), p. 71
  4. ^ David W. Kean, Wide Places in the California Roads: The encyclopedia of California's small towns and the roads that lead to them (Volume 1 of 4: Southern California Counties), p. 72
  5. ^ National Weather Service, San Joaquin Valley; NOW Data - NOAA Online Weather Data
  6. ^ "GLENNVILLE, CALIFORNIA (043463) -- Period of Record Monthly Climate Summary". Western Regional Climate Center. 2013. Retrieved on September 1, 2017.



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