Sparkle, California

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Coordinates: 37°55′42″N 122°03′24″W / 37.92833°N 122.05667°W / 37.92833; -122.05667

Unincorporated community
Sparkle is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°55′42″N 122°03′24″W / 37.92833°N 122.05667°W / 37.92833; -122.05667
Country United States
State California
County Contra Costa County
Elevation1 85 ft (26 m)

Sparkle (also, Sparkel)2 is an unincorporated community in Contra Costa County, California, United States.3 It is on the former route of the Sacramento Northern Railroad, now replaced by elevated BART tracks 2 miles (3.2 km)north of downtown Walnut Creek,2 at an elevation of 85 feet (26 m). It reputedly got its name from a discharge effect on a tight curve of the electrified line of the Sacramento Northern Railroad. It is a county island like nearby Waldon and is surrounded by Walnut Creek and other incorporated cities. The ZIP Code is 94597. The community is inside area code 925.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sparkle, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 706. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  3. ^ Geographic Names Information Systems, retrieved October 13, 2008

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