Drakesbad, California

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Unincorporated community
Drakesbad is located in California
Drakesbad is located in the US
Location in California
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
County Plumas County
Elevation[1] 5,705 ft (1,739 m)
ZIP code 96020

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] Drakesbad is perhaps most known for the Drakesbad Guest Ranch located there.[citation needed]


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]


  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.