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The population of Bethel Island is approximately 2,115 (1990), 2137 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,257 (1990), 1026 (2010).

The amount of land area in Bethel Island is 13.323 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.566 sq kilometers.
The distance from Bethel Island to Washington DC is 2532 miles. The distance to the California state capital is 34 miles. (as the crow flies)
Bethel Island is positioned 38.03 degrees north of the equator and 121.64 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Bethel Island location: An island community in the Central California Delta.

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Bethel Island history:

The area now known as Bethel Island, was defined in a deed dated April 23, 1894, and is identified as: "certain tracts of swamp and overflowed land in Township Two <2> North of Range Three <3> East of Mount Diablo Base and Meridian, in the County of Contra Costa, State of California" The Island was to be divided between the following owners: B.D.Murphy: 400 acres
F.A.Hyde and J.H.Schneider: 110 acres
J.C.Smith: 485 acres
J.R.Spring: 500 acres
F.C.Bethell: 851 acres
A.Y.Bethell : 555 acres
A.R.Harris : 263 acres
Mary E. Harris: 176 acres
J.B.Haggin and A.E.Davis: 134 acres
The levees were completed in 1901. The approximately 3400 acres of Bethel Island flooded several times in 1907, 1908, 1909, and 1911. Between 1940 and 1945, many of these holdings were subdivided, new roads constructed (Taylor Road, Stone Road), and the levee roads were closed to vehicle traffic.


Bethel Island attractions:

Bethel Island is a resort community. Vehicles come to the island via a single two-lane bridge over Dutch Slough.

California Delta Chambers
1,000 miles of waterways
14900 W. Hwy 12, Suite C-2
Lodi, CA 95242

Some of the annual events in Bethel Island include the Frozen Bun Run on New Year's Day, 50's Bash each August, Fishing Derby during Thanksgiving Week in November and the Lighted Boat Christmas Parade in December.

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