Pulga, California

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Coordinates: 39°48′11″N 121°26′55″W / 39.80306°N 121.44861°W / 39.80306; -121.44861

Unincorporated community
Pulga is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°48′11″N 121°26′55″W / 39.80306°N 121.44861°W / 39.80306; -121.44861
Country United States
State California
County Butte County
Elevation[1] 1,398 ft (426 m)

Pulga (Spanish for "Flea") is an unincorporated community in Butte County, California. It is located along the west slope of the Feather River canyon, at an elevation of 1398 feet (426 m). A variant name for the community is Big Bar. Other nearby communities include Mayaro, Poe and Parkhill. The town hosts a Caltrans highway maintenance station along State Route 70 (SR70). The place is at the mouth of the Flea Valley Creek, which gives rise to the toponym.[2]

The Union Pacific Railroad runs trains through this vicinity daily on its Canyon Division. The route was originally built by the Western Pacific Railroad and is famous for scenic views from passing trains. Vista Dome cars were designed and built with the scenery on this route in mind. Today, the line is host to a constant string of lumbering freight trains.

Driving SR70 offers scenic views of the rocky gorge. Steel truss bridges along the highway underwent seismic retrofit work in 2004 to prepare them for the inevitable California earthquake.

Cresta Powerhouse 39°49′35″N 121°24′28″W / 39.82639°N 121.40778°W / 39.82639; -121.40778 and Camp Creek Powerhouse 39°49′37″N 121°25′06″W / 39.82694°N 121.41833°W / 39.82694; -121.41833 are about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Pulga on SR70. Cresta was first put on line in 1949 and Rock Creek a year later. The area near these powerhouses is named Mayaro, California, on some topographic, highway, and railroad maps. Another community name, Cresta, is about one driving mile beyond the powerhouse of the same name.

A post office was opened in 1906;[2] the ZIP Code is 95965. The community is inside area code 530.

Currently it has a population of 2 and is home to the Mystic Valley Retreat[3] and School of Hypnotism[4] of the same name. It is also home to the Feather River Grove, ADF's Sacred Circle; they are an ADF Grove working to restore the town. Some locals, the 2 inhabitants, and the Druids refer to it as Mystic Valley and jokingly Fern Gully.

There is trail access from the town to the Pulga National Forest; RV parking and camping in and outside of the town itself; and there are several man made and natural swimming holes in Pulga Creek and Feather River.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pulga, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 296. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ "Mystic Valley Retreat". Mystic Valley Retreat. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Mystic Valley Pictures". Mysticvalleyretreat.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13.