Michigan Bluff, California

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Michigan Bluff
Unincorporated community
Michigan Bluff is located in California
Michigan Bluff
Michigan Bluff
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°02′35″N 120°44′29″W / 39.04306°N 120.74139°W / 39.04306; -120.74139Coordinates: 39°02′35″N 120°44′29″W / 39.04306°N 120.74139°W / 39.04306; -120.74139
Country  United States
State  California
County Placer County
Elevation[1] 3,510 ft (1,070 m)
Reference no. 402

Michigan Bluff (formerly, Michigan Bluffs, Michigan City)[2] is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California.[1] Michigan Bluff is located 12.5 miles (20.1 km) east-southeast of Colfax.[2] It lies at an elevation of 3510 feet (1070 m).[1]

Gold found in Michigan Bluff

The original settlement was called Michigan City, but after erosion threatened the town it was moved up-slope an renamed Michigan Bluff.[2] The Michigan City post office operated from 1854 to 1943.[2]

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.[3] The town is now registered as California Historical Landmark #402.[4]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Michigan Bluff, California
  2. ^ a b c d 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. 
  3. ^ Mildred Brooke Hoover, Douglas E. Kyle, Historic spots in California, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 2002. p. 280
  4. ^ "Michigan Bluff". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 

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