Brown, California


Brown is located in California
Location in California
Brown is located in the United States
Brown (the United States)
Coordinates: 35°46′25″N 117°51′00″W / 35.77361°N 117.85000°W / 35.77361; -117.85000Coordinates: 35°46′25″N 117°51′00″W / 35.77361°N 117.85000°W / 35.77361; -117.85000
CountryUnited States
CountyKern County
Elevation2,392 ft (729 m)

Brown (formerly, Siding 18, Front, and Mount Owen)[2] is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located on the Southern Pacific Railroad 9 miles (14 km) north-northwest of Inyokern,[2] at an elevation of 2392 feet (729 m).[1]

The Brown post office opened in 1909, changed its name to Mount Owen in 1948, and closed in 1950.[2] Originally called Siding 18 because the place was on the railroad built to support construction of the Owens Valley aqueduct.[2] The name Brown honors George Brown, hotelier.[2]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brown, California
  2. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1006-1007. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.