Hopeton, California

Hopeton (formerly Forlorn Hope and, later, Hopetown) is an unincorporated community in Merced County, California.[1] It is located 10.5 miles (17 km) north-northeast of Atwater,[2] at an elevation of 184 feet (56 m).[1]

Location in California
Hopeton (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°29′30″N 120°31′52″W
CountryUnited States
CountyMerced County
Elevation184 ft (56 m)

The first name of the place was Forlorn Hope, after a battle term.[2] The Forlorn post office operated from 1854 to 1859, and from 1860 to 1861.[2] The Hopeton post office operated from 1866 to 1894 and from 1911 to 1914.[2]


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hopeton, 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. 783. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.

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