Hornitos, California

Hornitos (formerly, Hornitas)[4] is a census-designated place[5] in Mariposa County, California.[2] It is located on Burns Creek 14 miles (23 km) south of Coulterville,[4] at an elevation of 843 feet (257 m).[2] The population was 75 at the 2010 census.

Hornitos street view
Location of Hornitos in Mariposa County, California.
Location in California
Hornitos (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°30′08″N 120°14′18″W
Country United States
State California
  Total1.166 sq mi (3.020 km2)
  Land1.166 sq mi (3.020 km2)
  Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation843 ft (257 m)
  Density64/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature IDs1659736; 2628740
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hornitos, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hornitos, California
Reference no.333[3]

The town is featured in the movie Ride the High Country as the nearest mining town for active mining in the nearby mountains.


The Hornitas post office opened in 1856, and changed its name to Hornitos in 1877.[4] The name, meaning "little ovens" in Spanish,[4] was derived from the community's old Mexican tombstones that were built in the shape of little square bake ovens.[3] Hornitos is registered as California Historical Landmark #333.[3]

Domingo Ghirardelli had a general store here between 1856 and 1859 where he perfected his chocolate recipes. The remains of the store can still be seen in town.[6]

Hornitos was disincorporated by State statute in 1973.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 1.166 square miles (3.020 km2)


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

The 2010 United States Census[9] reported that Hornitos had a population of 75. The population density was 64.3 people per square mile (24.8/km²). The racial makeup of Hornitos was 66 (88.0%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 2 (2.7%) Native American, 1 (1.3%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 0 (0.0%) from other races, and 6 (8.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5 persons (6.7%).

The Census reported that 75 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 34 households, out of which 7 (20.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 15 (44.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3 (8.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1 (2.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1 (2.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 12 households (35.3%) were made up of individuals and 8 (23.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21. There were 19 families (55.9% of all households); the average family size was 3.00.

The population was spread out with 14 people (18.7%) under the age of 18, 2 people (2.7%) aged 18 to 24, 17 people (22.7%) aged 25 to 44, 20 people (26.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 22 people (29.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.3 males.

There were 43 housing units at an average density of 36.9 per square mile (14.2/km²), of which 17 (50.0%) were owner-occupied, and 17 (50.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 10.5%. 40 people (53.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 35 people (46.7%) lived in rental housing units.


  1. U.S. Census Archived 2012-01-24 at WebCite
  2. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hornitos, California
  3. "Hornitos". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  4. 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.
  5. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hornitos, California
  6. "Western Ghost town of Hornitos - Ghost Town Map". Ghost Town Map. 2016-02-08. Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  7. "Municipal Disincorporation in California" (PDF). California Local Government Finance Alamanac. 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  8. "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Hornitos CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
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