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10 Interesting And Amazing Facts About Holtville, California, United States

Holtville (formerly, Holton) is a city in Imperial County, California. Take a look below for 10 interesting and amazing facts about Holtville, California, United States.

1. Holtville is located 10.5 miles (17 km) east of El Centro.

2. The population was 5,939 at the 2010 census, up from 5,612 in 2000.

3. The city was founded in the 1880s by Swiss-German settlers, many of whom entered from Mexico.

4. The construction of railroads in the 1890s, the All-American Canal in the late 1940s, and U.S. Route 80 in the 1920s (later converted to Interstate 8 in the 1970s) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) economic boom in the 1990s brought more people to Holtville and the Imperial Valley.

5. The city of Holtville, which was originally called Holton, was founded in 1903 by W.F. Holt, and incorporated on June 20, 1908.

6. The name was changed to Holtville due to a request by the U. S. Postal Service because the name Holton sounded too much like Colton (in San Bernardino County), the regional headquarters of the Southern Pacific Railroad at the time. The name honors W.F. Holt, founder of the community.

7. The city lies on the northeast bank of the Alamo River, one of two rivers that flow north from Mexico into Imperial County.

8. On March 2, 2021, 13 people were killed just outside of town when an SUV carrying 25 people collided with a semi-truck and trailer.

9. This area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Holtville has a desert climate, abbreviated “Bwh” on climate maps.

10. The city’s major civic event is the annual Carrot Festival, held in late January or early February. It usually features a parade, a carnival and other activities over a 10-day period. Holtville was famous in the mid 20th century with having the Holtville “Carrot Festival” but was confused with the “Coachella Valley” name from the Bugs Bunny cartoon Bully for Bugs when he reads a map seeking a “Carrot Festival”.

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