Drakesbad, California

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Drakesbad is located in California
Location in California
Drakesbad is located in the United States
Drakesbad (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°26′40″N 121°24′16″W / 40.44444°N 121.40444°W / 40.44444; -121.40444Coordinates: 40°26′40″N 121°24′16″W / 40.44444°N 121.40444°W / 40.44444; -121.40444
Country United States
State California
CountyPlumas County
Elevation5,705 ft (1,739 m)
ZIP code

Drakesbad (formerly, Drake's Hot Springs, Drake's Place, Hot Springs Valley, and Sifford's) is an unincorporated community in Plumas County, California.[1] It lies at an elevation of 5705 feet (1739 m).[1] Drakesbad is located on Hot Springs Creek, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) west of Mount Harkness.[2]


The place was first called Hot Springs Valley, then Drake's Place and Drake's Hot Springs.[2] The name honors E.R. Drake who settled at the place in 1860s.[2] The name Drakesbad was bestowed when ownership transferred to the Sifford family who substituted -bad (German for "bath" or "spa") for the English.[2]

The Drake post office operated from 1901 to 1902.[2]

The Drakesbad Guest Ranch resort is located in Drakesbad. The original ranch on the location was built in the 1880's.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Drakesbad, California
  2. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 373. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.