Muroc, California


Former settlement
Muroc is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 34°55′23″N 117°52′20″W / 34.92306°N 117.87222°W / 34.92306; -117.87222Coordinates: 34°55′23″N 117°52′20″W / 34.92306°N 117.87222°W / 34.92306; -117.87222
CountryUnited States
CountyKern County
Elevation2,283 ft (696 m)

Muroc (also, Rogers, Rod, Yucca, and Rodriguez)[2] is a former settlement in Kern County, California in the Mojave Desert.[1]

It was located on Rogers Dry Lake 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Edwards,[2] at an elevation of 2283 feet (696 m).[1]

Muroc still appeared on maps as of 1942.[1] Muroc's site is now on Edwards Air Force Base.[2] After World War II Muroc served as an important test flight location; in 1947 Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Muroc vicinity.

A post office operated at Muroc from 1910 to 1951.[2] The name honors early settlers Ralph and Clifford Corum — their surname spelled backwards is "Muroc".[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Muroc, 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. 1079. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.