Michigan Bluff, California
|Elevation||3,510 ft (1,070 m)|
Michigan Bluff (formerly, Michigan Bluffs, Michigan City) is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Michigan Bluff is located 12.5 miles (20.1 km) east-southeast of Colfax. It lies at an elevation of 3510 feet (1070 m).
The original settlement was called Michigan City, but after erosion threatened the town it was moved up-slope an renamed Michigan Bluff. The Michigan City post office operated from 1854 to 1943.
The town was founded by gold miners. Mining began in earnest in 1853, and town was shipping $100,000 in gold per month by 1858. After hydraulic mining was banned, the town entered decline. The town is now registered as California Historical Landmark #402.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Michigan Bluff, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 522. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
- Mildred Brooke Hoover, Douglas E. Kyle, Historic spots in California, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 2002. p. 280
- "Michigan Bluff". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
- Michigan Bluff, Placer County, California, from Directory of the County of Placer County, California 1861, on the website of californiagenealogy.org
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