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—  Unincorporated community  —
Garlock is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°24′09″N 117°47′24″W / 35.4025°N 117.79°W / 35.4025; -117.79Coordinates: 35°24′09″N 117°47′24″W / 35.4025°N 117.79°W / 35.4025; -117.79
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation [1] 2,169 ft (661 m)

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 arrastre being built in 1887. In 1893 a nugget was brought in worth $1,900 from Goler Canyon 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."

California Historical Landmark #671.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical 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. Quill Driver Books. p. 1039. ISBN 9781884995149.  

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