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—  Former settlement  —
Isabella is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°39′20″N 118°27′40″W / 35.65556°N 118.46111°W / 35.65556; -118.46111Coordinates: 35°39′20″N 118°27′40″W / 35.65556°N 118.46111°W / 35.65556; -118.46111
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation [1] 2,516 ft (767 m)

Isabella is a former settlement in Kern County, California.[1] It was located 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north-northeast of Bodfish,[2] at an elevation of 2516 feet (767 m).[1] The site was inundated by Lake Isabella.[1]

A post office operated at the original site of Isabella from 1896 to 1953, then at the relocated site from 1953 until the name was changed to Lake Isabella in 1957.[2] The town was founded by Steven Barton in 1893 and named in honor of Queen Isabella of Spain while her name was current during the 1893 Columbian Exposition.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Isabella, 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. 1050. ISBN 9781884995149. 


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