Fellows, California

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Fellows is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, United States. Fellows is located 5 miles (8 km) west-northwest of Taft,[2] at an elevation of 1316 feet (401 m).[1] The population was 153 at the 2000 census. Fellows is surrounded on all sides by the enormous Midway-Sunset Oil Field, the third-largest oil field in the United States, and the oil and gas industry accounts for much of the area's economic activity.



Fellows is located at 35°10′43″N 119°32′28″W / 35.17861°N 119.54111°W / 35.17861; -119.54111.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.


The first post office at Fellows opened in 1910.[2] The name Fellows honors Charles A. Fellows, a Sunset Western Railroad contractor.[2]

Perhaps Fellows' greatest claim to fame was as the location of a fictional event. The 1969 educational film The Lottery, based on the famous short story by Shirley Jackson, was shot at Fellows.[3] It featured a small town much like thousands of others across America holding an apparently ordinary, mundane civic-event that had a cold-blooded, horrifying ending to an unfortunate victim come from out-of-nowhere. The film was ranked as one of the two bestselling educational films ever[4] and has been widely shown in educational settings across America as an indictment against unthinking adherence to tradition and general inhumanity.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 153 people, 56 households, and 39 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 232.4 people per square mile (89.5/km²). There were 58 housing units at an average density of 88.1/sq mi (33.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.89% White, 1.96% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.65% Pacific Islander, 6.54% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 14.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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