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Plaster City, California

Coordinates: 32°47′33″N 115°51′31″W / 32.79250°N 115.85861°W / 32.79250; -115.85861

Plaster City is an unincorporated community in Imperial County in the U.S. state of California.[1] It is located 17 miles (27 km) west of El Centro,[2] at an elevation of 105 feet (32 m).[1]

Plaster City
Plaster City is located in California
Plaster City
Plaster City
Location in California
Plaster City is located in the US
Plaster City
Plaster City
Plaster City (the US)
Coordinates: 32°47′33″N 115°51′31″W / 32.79250°N 115.85861°W / 32.79250; -115.85861
CountryUnited States
CountyImperial County
Elevation105 ft (32 m)

United States Gypsum operates a large gypsum quarry and plant there and owns the town.[2] Plaster City has been noted for its unusual place name.[3] It is the site of the last industrial narrow gauge railroad in the United States. The 3 ft (914 mm) gauge line runs north to a gypsum quarry and brings gypsum from the quarry to the plant.[4][5]

Plaster City is located at 32°47′33″N 115°51′31″W / 32.79250°N 115.85861°W / 32.79250; -115.85861 west of El Centro, California.

The first post office at Plaster City opened in 1924.[2]

The ZIP Code is 92251. The community is inside area code 760.


Publicity and MediaEdit

In the 1963 film, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Ethel Merman's character is heard talking on a phone to her son, saying that she was "in some place called Plaster City."

Plaster City was briefly, in 1993, the locale of the fully restored Eureka Locomotive, one of the last narrow gauge steam locomotives from the height of railroad development in the West.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Plaster City, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Thompson, George E. (1 July 2009). You Live Where?: Interesting and Unusual Facts about where We Live. iUniverse. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-4401-3421-0.
  4. ^ "SP Bulletin 1964 — They call it Plaster City". San Diego Railway Museum. Retrieved December 14, 2005.
  5. ^ US Gypsum Railroad Narrow Gauge Link
  6. ^ "Statewide Database". Regents of the University of California. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  7. ^ "California's 51st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC.