Shoshone, California

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Shoshone is a census-designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Shoshone is located on the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad 14 miles (23 km) east of Epaulet Peak,[2] at an elevation of 1585 feet (483 m).[1] The population was 52 at the 2000 census.

The town was founded in 1910. Although small, it is notable as a southern gateway to Death Valley National Park; in addition to being a junction of roads leading from Baker, California and Pahrump, Nevada, it has the last services available before the Furnace Creek area in the park. The commercial district of the town, including a Post Office, gas station, restaurant, bar and coffee house, is just north of the southern intersection of California State Routes 127 and 178.

Shoshone has a single 2,380 foot (725 m) airstrip across SR 127 from the commercial district. It is open to the public and gets about 58 flights per month.[3]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 28.7 square miles (74.4 km²), all of it land.


Shoshone was founded in 1910 by Ralph Jacobus "Dad" Fairbanks, a Death Valley businessman. [4] A post office operated at Shoshone from 1915, closed for part of 1920.[2]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 52 people, 26 households, and 17 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1.8 people per square mile (0.7/km²). There were 34 housing units at an average density of 1.2/sq mi (0.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.46% White, 5.77% Native American, and 5.77% from two or more races. 7.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 26 households out of which 15.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.22.

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