Bartolo, California

Bartolo, California

Former settlement
Bartolo is located in California
Location in California
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles County
Elevation[1] 223 ft (68 m)

Bartolo is a former settlement in Los Angeles County, California.[1] It lay at an elevation of 223 feet (68 m).[1] Bartolo still appeared on maps as of 1926.[1] Its original name came from Rancho Paso de Bartolo, the lands of the Mexican governor of California, Pio Pico, which in turn was named for San Gabriel River ford called Paso de Bartolo Viejo (Old Bartolo's Crossing), near Beverly Road and the San Gabriel River. It was a station on the Union Pacific Railroad at the junction of its branch line to Whittier and its main line. Today, the area is part of the cities of Whittier and Pico Rivera, which is named for Pio Pico.

With 565 men, Commodore Stockton and General Kearny engaged Gen. José Maria Florés on January 8, 1847 at Bartolo Ford. Advancing across the knee-deep water in a hollow square formation, Kearny’s men defeated General Florés & his Californios that had so plagued Lieutenant Gillespie at Los Angeles.


  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bartolo, California