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Garlock is located in California
Location in California
Garlock is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
2,169 ft (661 m)
Reference #: 671
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American crossbucks at the intersection of Redrock Randsburg Road and the Southern Pacific (now Union Pacific) Railroad, in the Mojave Desert near Garlock, California, May 2004

Garlock (formerly, Eugeneville) is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California. It is located 6.25 miles (10 km) east-southeast of Saltdale, at an elevation of 2169 feet (661 m).

A post office operated at Garlock from 1896 to 1904 and from 1923 to 1926.

Roberta Ruth lived in Garlock in the 1960s, managing a curio shop.

Garlock is a ghost town that was known as El Paso City or Cow Wells interchangeably. The little town provided water for cattlemen and freighters wishing to avoid the potentially treacherous washes in Red Rock Canyon. Some gold had been found in the canyons of the El Paso Mountains, enough to warrant an arrastra being built in 1887. In 1893 a nugget was brought in worth $1,900 from Goler Heights and so the rush began. In 1894 Eugene Garlock of Tehachapi moved in an eight stamp mill. Miners would talk of going down to "the Garlock mill," "down to the Garlock," and finally just "Garlock."

Three miles to the southwest was the site of Old Garlock.

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