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China Lake is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California. It is located 2.5mi north-northeast of Ridgecrest, at an elevation of 2264 feet (690 m). The place is on China Lake, a dry lake on the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.The first post office at China Lake opened in 1948.PrehistoryThe locale was originally settled by the Coso People, who were prolific artisans in creating rock art. The Coso left archaeological evidence substantiating trade between the Coso and other Native American tribes. For example, distant trade with the Chumash People is confirmed by archaeological recovery of obsidian that has been linked to the Cosos and was discovered as far away as coastal California prehistoric sites in San Luis Obispo County.Origin of nameChinese men harvested borax from the dry lake bed approximately 1.5 miles south of Paxton Ranch. The operation was known locally as “The Little Chinese Borax Works’’.China Lake is in California. Add China Lake and other destinations to your itinerary using our United States online trip planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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