Blue Canyon, California

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Blue Canyon
Unincorporated community
Blue Canyon is located in California
Blue Canyon
Blue Canyon
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°15′26″N 120°42′40″W / 39.25722°N 120.71111°W / 39.25722; -120.71111Coordinates: 39°15′26″N 120°42′40″W / 39.25722°N 120.71111°W / 39.25722; -120.71111
Country  United States
State  California
County Placer County
Elevation[1] 4,695 ft (1,431 m)

Blue Canyon (also, Blue Cañon) is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California.[1] Blue Canyon is located 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Emigrant Gap.[2] It lies at an elevation of 4695 feet (1431 m).[1]

Blue Canyon may have been named for the blue smoke of the camps when extensive lumbering occurred there in the 1850s. Also, it may have been named after a miner from that same period named "Old Jim Blue".[3]

The Blue Canyon post office operated from 1867 to 1927. The Blue Cañon post office operated from 1936 to 1942 and from 1948 to 1964.[2]

Blue Canyon receives more annual snowfall than any other community in the contiguous 48 U.S. states (unpopulated mountain peaks excluded).[4]

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  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Blue Canyon, 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. 452. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1998). California place names : the origin and etymology of current geographical names (4th ed., rev. and enl. ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 39. ISBN 0520213165. 
  4. ^ "Snowfall (Including Ice Pellets and Sleet) - Average Total in Inches". Comparative Climatic Data for the United States Through 2012. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: U.S. Dept. of Commerce. 2013.