Duncans Mills, California

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Duncans Mills, California
Duncanville [1]
unincorporated community
Duncans Mills museum 3507.jpg
Duncans Mills, California is located in California
Duncans Mills, California
Duncans Mills, California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 38°27′14″N 123°3′18″W / 38.45389°N 123.05500°W / 38.45389; -123.05500Coordinates: 38°27′14″N 123°3′18″W / 38.45389°N 123.05500°W / 38.45389; -123.05500
Country United States
State California
County Sonoma
Elevation[1] 23 ft (7 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 175
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95430
Area code(s) 707
FIPS code 06-20130
GNIS feature ID 222722

Duncans Mills (or Duncan's Mills) is an unincorporated community located in Sonoma County, California.

Geography[edit]

Duncans Mills is located at 38°27′14″N 123°3′18″W / 38.45389°N 123.05500°W / 38.45389; -123.05500 on the Russian River about 4 mi (6 km) from the Pacific Ocean. It straddles State Route 116.

Climate[edit]

Monthly climate averages
Month High (°F) Low (°F) Precip. (inches)
January 57 36 8.65
February 62 38 7.64
March 65 40 6.15
April 70 41 2.25
May 76 45 1.03
June 81 48 0.25
July 84 49 0.08
August 84 49 0.11
September 82 48 0.52
October 77 43 2.01
November 66 38 5.85
December 57 34 6.29

The record high was 113 °F (45 °C) on July 14, 1972, and the record low was 14 °F (−10 °C) on December 23, 1990.

Duncan's Mills often experiences blue skies when the surrounding hills are shrouded in fog or rain clouds.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2000 census, about 175 people live in Duncans Mills. There are around 42 family households and 31 non-family households. Each household has an average of 2-3 people. In Duncans Mills, there are 129 houses, and 56 of them are vacant and 52 of them are seasonal, recreational, of occasional use.

History[edit]

Duncans Mills was once part of the Rancho Muniz Mexican land grant.

In 1877, Alexander Duncan established a sawmill in what is today Duncans Mills. The mills sent lumber to the growing city of San Francisco.

The town was founded in the 1870s. It featured two hotels, a general store, a saloon, a meat market, blacksmith, livery stable, and a notion shop.

Starting in the 1870s, the narrow-gauge North Pacific Coast Railroad ran through Duncans Mills on its way from Cazadero, California to Sausalito. After being sold several times, the railroad ceased operation in the 1930s. The town slowly faded, until a 1976 restoration project, associated with the celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial, brought about a period of building restoration and business re-vitalization.

Today, Duncans Mills resembles the way it was originally built. It has an authentic Northwestern Pacific Railroad Depot and several original cars from the old railroad line. A California State Park Ranger Station is located in one of the old railroad buildings as the California State Park Store with a selection of books and maps about the area. The Blue Heron Restaurant has served as the destination entertainment center of the town for decades.

Attractions[edit]

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There is a campground along the Russian River with facilities for RVs.

Restaurants include Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery, Blue Heron Restaurant and Bar and the Cape Fear Cafe.

Antiques, gifts, and locally-grown flowers are sold.

There are at least three art galleries: mini photos of around the world, local artists, and early California. Wine and cheese tastings are offered.

The town draws crowds every summer when it plays host to the Russian River Rodeo.

Many Civil War reenactments have been performed adjacent to the town.

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