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Wheeler Ridge
—  Unincorporated community  —
Wheeler Ridge is located in California
Wheeler Ridge
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°00′16″N 118°56′58″W / 35.00444°N 118.94944°W / 35.00444; -118.94944Coordinates: 35°00′16″N 118°56′58″W / 35.00444°N 118.94944°W / 35.00444; -118.94944
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation [1] 955 ft (291 m)

Wheeler Ridge is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located 4.25 miles (6.8 km) south-southeast of Mettler,[2] at an elevation of 955 feet (291 m).[1]

A post office operated at Wheeler Ridge from 1923 to 1972.[2]

Prior to the development of the Grapevine settlement down the road, Wheeler Ridge had the last services before the climb up Tejon Pass along old U.S. Route 99. Currently it is the point where State Route 99 ends and merges with Interstate 5. Before the 1964 state highway renumbering, US 99 passed through.

Today, there has been modest development in the Wheeler Ridge area, most notably the IKEA Distribution Center at the foot of the pass.

On April 16, 2005, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck near Wheeler Ridge, but it was considerably north of the San Andreas Fault, which formed the gap in the Tejon Pass.

Street addresses in Wheeler Ridge are addressed as "Arvin, California." The ZIP Code is 93284, and the community is inside area code 661.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Wheeler Ridge, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1126. ISBN 9781884995149.  


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