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Kelsey, California

For the town in Lake County formerly with this name, see Kelseyville, California.

Coordinates: 38°47′56″N 120°49′15″W / 38.79889°N 120.82083°W / 38.79889; -120.82083

Unincorporated community
Location in California

Coordinates: 38°47′56″N 120°49′15″W / 38.79889°N 120.82083°W / 38.79889; -120.82083

Country United States
State California
County El Dorado County
Elevation[1] 1,923 ft (586 m)

Kelsey (formerly, Kelsey's Diggings) is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, California.[1] It is located 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Chili Bar,[2] at an elevation of 1923 feet (586 m).[1]

A post office operated at Kelsey from 1856 to 1872, from 1875 to 1903, with several moves, and from 1920.[2] The name honors Benjamin Kelsey, who came to California in 1841 and discovered gold at the site in 1848.[2] The town was first known as Kelsey's Diggings because of the mining there.


The Black Oak Mine Unified School District serves Garden Valley.[3]


The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Csa"(Mediterranean Climate).[4]


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