Boron, California

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Boron (formerly, Amargo, Baker, Borate, and Kern)[1] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, United States. Boron is located 15 miles (24 km) east-southeast of Castle Butte,[2] at an elevation of 2467 feet (752 m).[1] The population was 2,025 at the 2000 census. In 1990 the population was 2,904.[3] Boron is named after the element boron and is the location of the world's largest source of the boron compound, boric acid.

Boron is a hinterland community on the western edge of the Mojave Desert. Within a half day's drive one can view the highest and lowest points in the contiguous 48 states of the United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley), the world's oldest tree (the Bristlecone Pine), and the cities of both Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Boron is home to California's largest open-pit mine, which is also the largest borax mine in the world.



Boron is located at the border of Kern and San Bernardino Counties along State Route 58. The coordinates are: 34°59′58″N 117°38′59″W / 34.99944°N 117.64972°W / 34.99944; -117.64972.[1] Boron is 65 miles (105 km) north of Palmdale, 85 miles (137 km) east of Bakersfield, and 40 miles (64 km) west of Barstow in the Antelope Valley region of California's Mojave Desert. Its elevation is 2,467 feet (752 m).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 13.9 square miles (35.9 km²), all of it land.

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