Tecopa, California

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Tecopa (formerly, Brownsville)[2] is a census-designated place in the Mojave Desert, in Inyo County, California, United States. Tecopa is located 9 miles (14 km) south-southeast of Shoshone,[2] at an elevation of 1,339 feet (408 m).[1] The population was 99 at the 2000 census.

One of Tecopa's popular features is its natural hot springs. Adjacent to the campground are gender-segregated, no-clothing-mandatory, indoor hot pools for soaking. Access is included in camping fees. Tecopa was named after the Piaute leader Chief Tecopa. There is also a natural hotspring located on BLM land just outside of town.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.6 square miles (48.3 km²), of which, 18.6 square miles (48.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.38%) is water.


William D. and Robert D. Brown, brothers, founded the town in 1875, and named it Brownsville.[2] When Jonas Osborne bought out the Browns, he renamed the town Tecopa.[2] Mines developed nearby in the 1860s and Tecopa served as the settlement.[2] The town's original site was 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Resting Springs.[2] Kasson, California was nearby. The present location was developed along the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, which reached the site in 1907.[2]

A post office operated at the original site of Tecopa from 1877 to 1881.[2] A post office opened at the new site in 1907, was closed in 1931, and reopened in 1932.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 99 people, 60 households, and 22 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5.3 people per square mile (2.1/km²). There were 133 housing units at an average density of 7.2/sq mi (2.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.89% White, 1.01% Black or African American, 7.07% Native American, and 3.03% from two or more races. 4.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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