Kelseyville, California

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Kelseyville (formerly, Kelsey, Kelsey Creek, Kelsey Town, Peartown, and Uncle Sam) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lake County, California, United States.[1] Kelseyville is located 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of Lakeport,[2] at an elevation of 1384 feet (422 m).[1] The population was 2,928 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.4 km²), all of it land.

The census district also includes Soda Bay and Riviera Heights, located on the northern slope of Mt. Konocti (Mount Uncle Sam).


The place was originally called Kelsey Town in honor of Andrew Kelsey, the first American settler in Lake County.[2] He was killed in 1849 in an uprising against him by the Pomo in 1849, that ended with the Bloody Island Massacre. [3] The first blacksmith's opened in 1857.[2] The place was called Uncle Sam after Mount Uncle Sam (now Mount Konocti).[2] The Uncle Sam post office opened in 1858 and changed its name to Kelseyville in 1882.[2]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,928 people, 1,095 households, and 724 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 905.5 people per square mile (350.0/km²). There were 1,175 housing units at an average density of 363.4/sq mi (140.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 76.98% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 2.66% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 14.58% from other races, and 4.75% from two or more races. 28.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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