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Coordinates: 36°44′02″N 119°29′52″W / 36.73389°N 119.49778°W / 36.73389; -119.49778

—  Unincorporated community  —
Centerville is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 36°44′02″N 119°29′52″W / 36.73389°N 119.49778°W / 36.73389; -119.49778
Country United States
State California
County Fresno County
Elevation [1] 394 ft (120 m)

Centerville (formerly, Kings River, King River, Scottsburgh, and Scottsburg)[2] is an unincorporated community in Fresno County, California.[1] It is located on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad 16 miles (26 km) east of Fresno,[2] at an elevation of 394 feet (120 m).[1]

Scottsburg was founded in 1854 in the low lands of the Kings River.[2] It was destroyed by flood in the winter of 1861-1862.[2] It was rebuilt on higher ground, but it was flooded again in 1867.[2] The town was rebuilt on top of a bluff overlooking its prior location and renamed Centerville.[2]

The Scottsburgh post office opened in 1856, closed in 1858, re-opened in 1859, and closed forever in 1864.[2]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Centerville, Fresno County, California
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1014-1015. ISBN 9781884995149.  


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