Birchville, California

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Former settlement
Birchville is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°19′40″N 121°08′36″W / 39.32778°N 121.14333°W / 39.32778; -121.14333Coordinates: 39°19′40″N 121°08′36″W / 39.32778°N 121.14333°W / 39.32778; -121.14333
Country United States
State California
CountyNevada County
Elevation1,765 ft (538 m)

Birchville (also, Birchy; until 1853, Johnson's Diggings)[2] is a former settlement in Nevada County, California. Birchville is located 2 miles (3.2 km) north-northeast of French Corral.[2] It was situated at an elevation of 1,765 ft (538 m) above sea level.[3]

In 1880, the population was 50.[4]


Birchville was located 6 mi (9.7 km) from the Nevada City mine,[5] along the thoroughfare of the first long-distance telephone line.[6]

The name Johnson's Diggings commemorates David Johnson, the site's first prospector.[2] The name Birchville is from L. Birch Adsit.[2]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Birchville, 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. 451. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ "NEVADA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA". Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  4. ^ "Nevada County GenWeb Nevada County History". Retrieved 2009-05-31.
  5. ^ Lindgren, Waldemar (1896). The gold-quartz veins of Nevada City and Grass Valley Districts, California. Government printing office.
  6. ^ Hoover, Mildred Brooke; Douglas E. Kyle; Hero Rensch (2002). Historic spots in California. Stanford University Press. p. 260. ISBN 0-8047-4482-3.

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