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Coordinates: 37°57′25″N 121°51′52″W / 37.95694°N 121.86444°W / 37.95694; -121.86444

Somersville
—  Former settlement  —
Somersville is located in California
Somersville
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°57′25″N 121°51′52″W / 37.95694°N 121.86444°W / 37.95694; -121.86444
Country United States
State California
County Contra Costa County
Elevation [1] 741 ft (226 m)

Somersville (also, Sommerville and Summerville)[2] is an unincorporated ghost town in eastern Contra Costa County, California.[3] It is located 6 miles (10 km) north-northeast of Mount Diablo,[4] at an elevation of 741 feet (226 m).[5]

Somersville was founded in the 1850s[3] by gold miners. The town is no longer populated and is within the boundaries of the East Bay Regional Park District's Black Diamond Mines Regional Park.[3] Somersville Road was named after the town; it is a major north-south arterial trunk road in the closest existing neighbor: Antioch. Somersville's ruins contain a fairly extensive amount of graves in its cemetery[3], many of whom are dead miners who died in accidents in the coal mines.[3] The Somersville mines are now sealed to prevent entry due to frequent incidents of people becoming lost inside them during the mid 20th century.[3]

A post office operated at Somersville from 1863 to 1910.[4] The name is in honor of Francis Somers, coal mine founder.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Somersville, California
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Somersville, California
  3. ^ a b c d e f SOMERSVILLE, GhostTowns.com, retrieved September 12, 2007
  4. ^ 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. 704. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Somersville, California
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