Armona, California

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Armona is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kings County, California, United States. Armona is located 3.5 miles (6 km) west-southwest of Hanford,[2] at an elevation of 239 feet (73 m).[1] It is part of the HanfordCorcoran Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,239 at the 2000 census. Armona's motto is "Small But Proud".

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Geography

Armona is located at 36°18′57″N 119°42′30″W / 36.31583°N 119.70833°W / 36.31583; -119.70833.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²), all of it land.

History

The name "Armona" was applied to a railroad station in the 1880s. It was subsequently transferred to the present location on the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1891. Reportedly, the name was coined by transposing the first two letters of the name "Ramona".[3]

The first school in the Armona vicinity was the Giddings School built in 1880. The Giddings School District was renamed Armona in 1907. A new brick school house was constructed in the early 1920s. As that structure did not comply with California's earthquake standards, it was replaced in 1953 with what is now the Armona Elementary School.[4]

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