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Kettleman Hills
Mountain Range
Country United States
State California
District Kings County
Coordinates 36°0′13.836″N 120°3′25.489″W / 36.00384333°N 120.05708028°W / 36.00384333; -120.05708028
Highest point
 - elevation 415 m (1,362 ft)
Timezone Pacific (UTC-8)
 - summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Topo map USGS La Cima
location of Kettleman Hills in California [1]

The Kettleman Hills is a mountain range in Kings County, California.[1] It is a northwest-southeast trending line of hills about 30 miles long which parallels the San Andreas Fault to the west. The Kettleman Hills is named, and misspelled, after Dave Kettelman, a pioneer sheep and cattle rancher who grazed his animals there in the 1860s.[2] The hills, which rise to an elevation of approximately 1,200 feet, divide the San Joaquin Valley on the east from the much smaller Kettleman Plain to the west. They are the location of the Kettleman North Dome Oil Field.

The Kettleman Hills Facility, a large 1,600 acre (4,000 hectare) hazardous waste and municipal solid waste disposal facility operated by Waste Management, Inc. is located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) southwest of Kettleman City on State Route 41.


  1. ^ a b "Kettleman Hills". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04.  
  2. ^ Brown, Robert R. and Richmond, J.E., History of Kings County, p.123, A.H. Cawston, Hanford, CA, 1940


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