Weedpatch, California

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Weedpatch (formerly, Weed Patch[1] and Alexander's Corner[2]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in the San Joaquin Valley, in Kern County, California, United States. Weedpatch is located 10 miles (16 km) south-southeast of Bakersfield,[2] at an elevation of 387 feet (118 m).[1] As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 2,726.

Weedpatch is located off State Route 184 (Weedpatch Highway) southeast of Bakersfield, south of Lamont, and about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of State Route 58, the Bakersfield - Tehachapi Highway.

Weedpatch is the location of the Arvin Federal Government Camp, known colloquially (and in the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath) as "Weedpatch Camp." This camp was a government rescue center for distressed migrant workers fleeing the Oklahoma Dust Bowl agricultural disaster, during the Great Depression. The camp still aids migrants today.



Weedpatch is located at 35°14′17″N 118°54′54″W / 35.23806°N 118.915°W / 35.23806; -118.915.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.1 square miles (7.9 km²), all of it land.


Although the name Weed Patch was applied to the site as early as 1874, the community only began in 1922.[2] The town was also named Alexander's Corner in honor of Cal Alexander, a resident.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,726 people, 634 households, and 554 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 890.9 people per square mile (344.0/km²). There were 670 housing units at an average density of 219.0/sq mi (84.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 48.39% White, 0.70% Black or African American, 3.74% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 41.34% from other races, and 5.50% from two or more races. 89.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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