Latitude / Longitude:
35°00′21″N 118°11′06″W / 35.00583°N 118.18500°W / 35.00583 -118.18500
762 ft (842 m)
Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
Reefer City is a former settlement in Kern County, California. It was located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) south-southwest of Mojave, at an elevation of 2762 ft (842 m). Reefer City still appeared on maps as late as 1947.
Reefer City was established in 1933 by a South African mining company after a gold lode was discovered on Mount Soledad. The company purchased refrigerator cars, known colloquially as “reefers”, from the Southern Pacific Railroad to house the miners. After the mine closed in 1942, the community housed military personnel from Edwards Air Force Base until the 1960s. In 1971, Reefer City was purchased and demolished by a salvage company.