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—  Unincorporated community  —
Boonville is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°00′33″N 123°21′58″W / 39.00917°N 123.36611°W / 39.00917; -123.36611Coordinates: 39°00′33″N 123°21′58″W / 39.00917°N 123.36611°W / 39.00917; -123.36611
Country United States
State California
County Mendocino County
Elevation [1] 381 ft (116 m)

This page is about the town in California. For other communities of the same name, see Boonville (disambiguation)

Boonville (formerly, The Corners and Kendall's City)[2] is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California.[1] It is located 12.5 miles (20 km) southwest of Ukiah,[2] at an elevation of 381 feet (116 m).[1]



Boonville was founded by John Burgots in 1862.[2] The place was originally called The Corners.[2] Burgots built a hotel, and in 1864 Alonzo Kendall built another hotel.[2] The town became known as Kendall's City.[2] W.W. Boone bought a store in town and gave the place its current name.[2]

The first post office opened in 1875, having been transferred from Anderson.[2]


Boonville is in the Anderson Valley, 115 miles (185 km) north of San Francisco. Boonville is best known as the source of the Boontling folk language. Bottles from the local Anderson Valley Brewing Company are labeled with the motto "It's bahl hornin'," which means "It's good drinkin'" in Boontling.

An Alsatian Varietals wine festival is held at the fairgrounds each February. In early spring (April or May), the annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival is held at the fairgrounds, featuring beers from about 50 craft breweries.[3] A Pinot Noir Festival is held in May. In July, the Wool-growers' Barbecue and Sheepdog Trials is held at the fairgrounds. Boonville hosts the annual Mendocino County Fair in September. Boonville also hosts the long-running Sierra Nevada World Music Festival every summer solstice weekend in June. [4]

Boonville, despite its small population, has a minor reputation among political leftists in the USA for countercultural ideals, including promotion of organic food. The town serves as the setting for the novel Boonville (2001) by Robert Mailer Anderson. Some commentators believe Boonville may be the setting for the novel Vineland (1990) by Thomas Pynchon.

The town is known to Unificationists as the site of the successful but ill-fated Creative Community Project, of which it is said that almost one-third of American church members joined.[5]

The ZIP Code is 95415. The community is inside area code 707.


In the state legislature Boonville is located in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Pat Wiggins, and in the 1st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Patty Berg. Federally, Boonville is located in California's 1st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +10[6] and is represented by Democrat Mike Thompson.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Boonville, California
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 23-24. ISBN 9781884995149.  
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  6. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2007-10-20.  

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