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Tecopa is a census-designated place in the Mojave Desert, in Inyo County, California, United States. Tecopa is located 9mi south-southeast of Shoshone, at an elevation of. The population was 150 at the 2010 census, up from 99 at the 2000 census.One of Tecopa's popular features is its natural hot springs. Adjacent to the campground are gender-segregated, no-clothing-mandatory, indoor hot pools for soaking. Access is included in camping fees. Tecopa was named after the Piaute leader Chief Tecopa. There are no stores for gas or groceries in Tecopa.Shoshone is the closest town, 12 miles north.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.7sqmi, of which, 18.6sqmi of it is land and 0.1sqmi of it (0.37%) is water.HistoryThe Old Spanish Trail passed through Resting Springs near the original site of Tecopa to the Amaragosa River where it turned to follow it south to Salt Springs.William D. and Robert D. Brown, brothers, founded the town in 1875, and named it Brownsville. When Jonas Osborne bought out the Browns, he renamed the town after Indian Chief Tecopa. Mines developed nearby in the 1860s and Tecopa served as the settlement. The town's original site was 5mi southeast of Resting Springs. Kasson, California was nearby. The present location was developed along the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, which reached the site in 1907.
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