- Three Rivers, California
official_name = Three Rivers, California
settlement_type = CDP
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location in Tulare County and the state of
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Tulare
area_total_km2 = 117.5
area_land_km2 = 117.5
area_water_km2 = 0
area_total_sq_mi = 45.4
area_land_sq_mi = 45.4
area_water_sq_mi = 0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 2248
population_density_km2 = 19.1
population_density_sq_mi = 49.5
timezone = Pacific (PST)
utc_offset = -8
timezone_DST = PDT
utc_offset_DST = -7
latd = 36 |latm = 27 |lats = 15 |latNS = N
longd = 118 |longm = 53 |longs = 11 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 257
elevation_ft = 843
postal_code = 93271
area_code = 559
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 06-78638
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 1661569
Three Rivers is a
census-designated place(CDP) in Tulare County, California, United States. The population was 2,248 at the 2000 census.
The town's name comes from its location near the junction of the North, Middle, and South Forks of the
Three Rivers is located at 36°27′15″N, 118°53′11″W (36.454212, -118.886466)  . According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 45.3 square miles (117.5 km²).
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,248 people, 985 households, and 659 families residing in the CDP. The population densitywas 49.6 people per square mile (19.1/km²). There were 1,217 housing units at an average density of 26.8/sq mi (10.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.86% White, 0.22% African American, 1.29% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 3.74% from other races, and 4.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.58% of the population.
There were 985 households out of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.75.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $42,727, and the median income for a family was $48,843. Males had a median income of $39,355 versus $31,875 for females. The
per capita incomefor the CDP was $23,475. About 7.5% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.
Three Rivers was one site of a handful of U.S. boarding schools run by the
Hare Krishnamovement. These schools, called "gurukulas," were closed by the mid-1980s. Other locations included Los Angeles; Moundsville, W. Va.; and Dallas.
Due to its small population, Three Rivers has only a K-8 school with about 200 children.
The two national parks,
Sequoia National Parkand Kings Canyon National Parkwhich border the town to the northeast, are the prime attraction of Three Rivers.
The Three Rivers cemetery contains the bodies of nine Rhodesian pioneers who lived in Africa ca. 1900 and fought in several Anglo-African wars:
Frederick Russell Burnham( May 11, 1861- September 1, 1947), the highly decorated Scout, best known for his service in the First Matabele War, Second Matabele War, the Second Boer War, and for teaching woodcraft (i.e., scoutcraft) to Robert Baden-Powell, becoming one of the inspirations to the founding of the Boy Scouts and recognized today as the father of the international scouting movement.
*Blanche Blick Burnham (
February 23, 1862- December 22, 1939), wife of Fred Burnham, lived in Africa during the First Matabele Warand the Second Matabele War.
*Roderick Deane Burnham (
August 22, 1886- July 1, 1976), son of Fred & Blanche Burnham, moved to Africa at age 4 and lived there from 1893-1897. Served in World War Iand went on to lead a rich and adventurous life after finding oil at Dominguez Hills, California.
*John Charles Blick (
September 11, 1875 - 1960), a fearless man who fought and won a famous hand-to-hand duel with a Ndebeleafter the charge broke the impis on their last effort to take Bulawayoin the Second Matabele War.
*Judd Dunning Blick (
March 17, 1873- December 9, 1951), participated in the Barotseland expedition of 1895, during which he and his party nearly died of thirst, and fought in the Second Matabele War.
*Pearl "Pete" Ingram Mills (1871 -
December 11, 1933), a Montana cowboy who was one of only three men to survive the Shangani Patrol(along with Burnham) during the First Matabele War. Also fought in the Second Matabele War. At the time of death, he had a son, Ray Ingram of Pasadena, and two grandchildren.
*Grace Blick Ingram (
July 22, 1870- May 22, 1951), wife of Pete Ingram and a member of the Blick clan.
*Homer Ephraim Blick (
January 22, 1865- December 1947), fought in the Second Matabele War. Married Linnie Adell Nye ( April 8, 1866- June 1943), Fairview, Kansas, on October 17, 1886.
*James Shannon Blick or Blickensderfer (
November 15, 1833- October 14, 1916). Born in Blue Ridge, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph von Blickensderfer and Catherine von Neiswanger, married Phebe Elenor Dunning ( November 18, 1840- ?), on September 29, 1858in Marion County, Indiana. Father of the Blick family, a carpenter and painter by trade, fought in the Second Matabele War.
The Burnhams and the Blicks started a convert|5000|acre|km2|sing=on cattle ranch, La Cuesta, in Three Rivers and built homes there. The scenery at Three Rivers is said to be almost identical to that of the Rhodesian kopje country. La Custa was sold by the John and Judd Blick in 1947 for $90,000.cite journal |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=1947 |month=February 8 |title=Ranch Sells for $90,000 |journal=
Los Angeles Times|volume= |issue= |pages= |id= |url= |accessdate= |quote= ]
*Three Rivers Union Elementary School (K-8)
*Woodlake Union High School (9-12)
*Mamady "Wadaba" Kourouma
In the state legislature Three Rivers is located in the 18th Senate District, represented by Republican
Roy Ashburn, and in the 34th Assembly District, represented by Republican Bill Maze. Federally, Three Rivers is located in California's 21st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +13 [cite web | title = Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest? | publisher = Campaign Legal Center Blog | url=http://www.clcblog.org/blog_item-85.html | accessdate = 2008-02-10] and is represented by Republican Devin Nunes.
* [http://www.threerivers.com/ Three Rivers / Lemon Cove Business Association]
:"See also:" other places called
[http://www.three-rivers-chamber-of-commerce.org / Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce]
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