Ben Hur, California

Ben Hur is an unincorporated community in Mariposa County, California.[1] It is located 9 miles (14 km) south of Mariposa,[2] at an elevation of 1752 feet (534 m).[1]

Ben Hur
Ben Hur
Location in California
Ben Hur
Ben Hur (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°21′06″N 119°57′28″W
CountryUnited States
CountyMariposa County
Elevation1,752 ft (534 m)

A post office operated at Ben Hur from 1890 to 1902, and after moving from 1904 to 1951.[2] The name comes from the hero of the novel Ben-Hur.[3]


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ben Hur, California
  2. Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 745. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. Gallant, Frank K. (27 December 2012). A Place Called Peculiar: Stories About Unusual American Place-Names. Dover Publications. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-486-31081-7.

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