Clearing House, California

Clearing House (formerly, Clearinghouse) is an unincorporated community in Mariposa County, California.[1] It is located on the north bank of the Merced River 5 miles (8 km) west of El Portal,[2] at an elevation of 1555 feet (474 m).[1]

Clearing House
Panoramic view of Clearing House from California State Route 140
Clearing House
Location in California
Clearing House
Clearing House (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°39′54″N 119°52′03″W
CountryUnited States
CountyMariposa County
Elevation1,555 ft (474 m)

The Clearinghouse post office operated from 1913 to 1933.[2] The place name comes from the Clearinghouse Mine, so named as it was an exchange place for gold bullion and certificates during the Panic of 1907.[2] Clearing House has been noted for its unusual place name.[3]


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clearing House, 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. 759. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. Thompson, George E. (1 July 2009). You Live Where?: Interesting and Unusual Facts about where We Live. iUniverse. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4401-3421-0.

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