Beckwourth, California

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Beckwourth
census-designated place
Location in Plumas County and the state of California
Location in Plumas County and the state of California
Coordinates: 39°49′39″N 120°24′13″W / 39.82750°N 120.40361°W / 39.82750; -120.40361Coordinates: 39°49′39″N 120°24′13″W / 39.82750°N 120.40361°W / 39.82750; -120.40361
Country  United States
State  California
County Plumas
Area[1]
 • Total 11.685 sq mi (30.263 km2)
 • Land 11.680 sq mi (30.250 km2)
 • Water 0.005 sq mi (0.013 km2)  0.04%
Elevation[2] 4,911 ft (1,497 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 432
 • Density 37/sq mi (14/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 96129
Area code(s) 530
FIPS code 06-04772
GNIS feature IDs 1658022; 2407819
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beckwourth, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beckwourth, California

Beckwourth (formerly, Beckwith)[3] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Plumas County, California, United States.[4] Beckwourth is located on the Middle Fork Feather River 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Portola.[2][3] The population was 432 at the 2010 census, up from 342 at the 2000 census.

Name[edit]

According to the USGS National Geographic Names Database, a variant spelling was Beckwith and its name comes from an early explorer who had changed his name from Beckwith to Beckwourth:

Named for James P. Beckwourth (d.1867), adventurer, trapper, and trail blazer who discovered Beckwourth Pass in 1851. Beckwourth built the first house in the Sierra Valley where he operated an inn and trading post. During the 1850's, Beckwourth Pass was the portal of an immigrant route into California through Lassen, Plumas, Butte and Yuba counties known as the Beckwourth Trail.

History[edit]

The Beckwith post office opened in 1870 and changed its name to Beckwourth in 1932.[3]

Geography[edit]

Beckwourth is located at 39°49′39″N 120°24′13″W / 39.82750°N 120.40361°W / 39.82750; -120.40361 (39.827528, -120.403710).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30 km2), 99.96% of it land and 0.04% of it water.

Nervino Airport (FAA identifier: O02 or oh-zero-two) is plotted three quarters of a mile east of Beckwourth along State Route 70 on the Reconnaissance Peak, California 7.5 minute quadrangle. It has a 4,600-foot (1,400 m) runway and is located at 39°49′05″N 120°21′20″W / 39.81806°N 120.35556°W / 39.81806; -120.35556.[6] The US Geological Survey says variant names for the airport are Beckwourth Airport and Plumas County Airport.[7]

State facilities in the town may include a State of California, Department of Water Resources maintenance yard and a Caltrans Maintenance Station. These appear to be collocated, (at the same site).

Climate[edit]

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Beckwourth has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[8]

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[9] reported that Beckwourth had a population of 432. The population density was 37.0 people per square mile (14.3/km²). The racial makeup of Beckwourth was 402 (93.1%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 11 (2.5%) Native American, 2 (0.5%) Asian, 1 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 7 (1.6%) from other races, and 9 (2.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29 persons (6.7%).

The Census reported that 432 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 196 households, out of which 41 (20.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 111 (56.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 9 (4.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 11 (5.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 8 (4.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 53 households (27.0%) were made up of individuals and 15 (7.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20. There were 131 families (66.8% of all households); the average family size was 2.64.

The population was spread out with 71 people (16.4%) under the age of 18, 14 people (3.2%) aged 18 to 24, 72 people (16.7%) aged 25 to 44, 177 people (41.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 98 people (22.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53.9 years. For every 100 females there were 118.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 121.5 males.

There were 342 housing units at an average density of 29.3 per square mile (11.3/km²), of which 169 (86.2%) were owner-occupied, and 27 (13.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 8.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 363 people (84.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 69 people (16.0%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 342 people, 147 households, and 108 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 29.3 people per square mile (11.3/km2). There were 225 housing units at an average density of 19.3 per square mile (7.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.86% White, 2.05% Native American, 0.88% Pacific Islander, 1.46% from other races, and 1.75% from two or more races. 2.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 147 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 19.0% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 33.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $47,813, and the median income for a family was $52,031. Males had a median income of $49,219 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,928. None of the families and 2.8% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 4.8% of those over 64.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature Beckwourth is located in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Ted Gaines,[11] and the 1st Assembly District, represented by Republican Brian Dahle.[12]

Federally, Beckwourth is in California's 1st congressional district, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beckwourth, California
  3. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 355. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beckwourth, California
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ US Geological Survey, Reconnaissance Peak, California, 7.5 minute quadrangle, 1994.
  7. ^ US Geological Survey, National Geographic Names Database.
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Beckwourth, California
  9. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Beckwourth CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ "California's 1st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 

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