Blue Canyon, California
|Elevation||4,695 ft (1,431 m)|
Blue Canyon (also, Blue Cañon) is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Blue Canyon is located 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Emigrant Gap. It lies at an elevation of 4695 feet (1431 m).
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".
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.
Blue Canyon receives more annual snowfall than any other community in the contiguous 48 U.S. states (unpopulated mountain peaks excluded).
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Blue Canyon, 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. 452. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
- 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.
- "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.
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