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Panamint Springs, sitting on the western edge of Panamint Valley.
Panamint Valley from Panamint Springs.
Area of Panamint (official name) or Panamint City and Panamint Springs.
Panamint Springs
—  Unincorporated community  —
Panamint Springs is located in California
Panamint Springs
Location in California
Coordinates: 36°20′23″N 117°28′04″W / 36.33972°N 117.46778°W / 36.33972; -117.46778Coordinates: 36°20′23″N 117°28′04″W / 36.33972°N 117.46778°W / 36.33972; -117.46778
Country United States
State California
County Inyo County
Elevation [1] 1,926 ft (587 m)

Panamint Springs is an unincorporated community in Inyo County, California.[1] It lies at an elevation of 1926 feet (587 m).[1]

Panamint Springs is located along State Route 190 (SR190) between Old Toll Road and SR178/Panamint Valley Road.[2] The community features a motel, restaurant, and the last gas station for many miles in either direction on SR190.

Although not official by the Board of Geographic Names, Caltrans calls the SR178/SR190 intersection, Panamint Junction. The junction is about 2.5 driving miles east of Panamint Springs. Towne Pass, a landmark when traveling to Death Valley, is 13.9 driving miles east on SR190. Beyond the pass, SR190 descends about 5,000 feet (1,500 m) to the dry bed of Lake Manly.

The Darwin Falls Wilderness, a U.S. Wilderness Area, is located just west of the settlement. The nearby area also features the Darwin Falls, a small but scenic waterfall, grotto and creek that are the only year-round water supply in the driest part of North America; despite the similarly named wilderness, the falls are located in and administered by Death Valley National Park. The dirt road entryway to the trail to Darwin Falls is located ¼ mile west of the settlement.

NAD27 latitude and longitude for Panamint Springs are 36°20′23″N 117°28′04″W / 36.33972°N 117.46778°W / 36.33972; -117.46778 and the feature ID number is 1661186. The elevation is identified as being 1,940 feet (590 m) AMSL. [3] The ZIP Code is 93545. The community is inside area code 760.

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History

A post office operated at Panamint Springs from 1940 to 1946.[4]

Similar name

The similar-sounding ghost town Panamint, California, also known as Panamint City, is located in Surprise Canyon about 25.8 miles (41.5 km) at 127.1 degrees off true north. [5]

Politics

In the state legislature Panamint Springs is located in the 18th Senate District, represented by Republican Roy Ashburn, and in the 18th Assembly District, represented by Republican Bill Maze. Federally, Panamint Springs is located in California's 25th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +7[6] and is represented by Republican Buck McKeon.

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Notes

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Panamint Springs, California
  2. ^ Panamint Springs, California, 7.5-minute quadrangle, US Geological Survey, 1986.
  3. ^ Panamint Springs, California, 7.5-minute quadrangle, US Geological Survey, 1986 and National Geographic Names Database, US Geological Survey.
  4. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1192. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  5. ^ Panamint Springs, California, 7.5-minute quadrangle, US Geological Survey, 1986 and National Geographic Names Database, US Geological Survey. There are two Surprise Canyons in California: this is the one in Inyo county.
  6. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. http://www.clcblog.org/blog_item-85.html. Retrieved 2007-10-20.  

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