Cisco, California

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Unincorporated community
Cisco is located in California
Cisco is located in the US
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°18′06″N 120°32′49″W / 39.30167°N 120.54694°W / 39.30167; -120.54694Coordinates: 39°18′06″N 120°32′49″W / 39.30167°N 120.54694°W / 39.30167; -120.54694
Country  United States
State  California
County Placer County
Elevation[1] 5,938 ft (1,810 m)
Population (2016)
 • Total 0

Cisco (formerly, Heaton Station)[2] is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California.[1] Cisco is located on the Union Pacific Railroad, 0.5 miles (0.8 km) south-southwest of Cisco Grove.[2] It lies at an elevation of 5938 feet (1810 m).[1]

The Cisco post office operated from 1866 to 1941.[2] The name Cisco honors John J. Cisco, treasurer of the Central Pacific Railroad.[2]

The folk singer and songwriter Cisco Houston, who later befriended and toured extensively with Woody Guthrie, derived his nickname from Cisco, California.

Cisco, California was the fictional location of the opening and end of the movie "Vanishing Point" (1971). The actual filming location was in Cisco, Utah.

Very little is left of Cisco today, and it has no actual population. Most Cisco residents have moved to the nearby locales of Cisco Grove and Kingvale.

Stereo card view of the CPRR's Cisco Depot during late spring time c. 1868
Stereo view of the Cisco Depot from a similar vantage during winter time c. 1869


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cisco has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[3]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cisco, 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. 466. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Climate Summary for Cisco, California

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