Duncans Mills, California

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Duncans Mills, California

Duncanville [1]
Duncans Mills museum
Duncans Mills museum
Duncans Mills, California is located in California
Duncans Mills, California
Duncans Mills, California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 38°27′14″N 123°3′18″W / 38.45389°N 123.05500°W / 38.45389; -123.05500Coordinates: 38°27′14″N 123°3′18″W / 38.45389°N 123.05500°W / 38.45389; -123.05500
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountySonoma
Elevation23 ft (7 m)
Population
(2000)
 • Total175
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
95430
Area code(s)707
FIPS code06-20130
GNIS feature ID222722

Duncans Mills (or Duncan's Mills) is an unincorporated community located in Sonoma County, California.

History[edit]

Duncans Mills, 1877

Duncans Mills was once part of the Rancho Muniz Mexican land grant.

In 1877, Alexander Duncan established a sawmill in what is today Duncans Mills. The mills sent lumber to the growing city of San Francisco.

The town was founded in the 1870s. It featured two hotels, a general store, a saloon, a meat market, blacksmith, livery stable, and a notion shop.

Starting in the 1870s, the narrow-gauge North Pacific Coast Railroad ran through Duncans Mills on its way from Cazadero, California to Sausalito. After being sold several times, the railroad ceased operation in the 1930s. The town slowly faded, until a 1976 restoration project, associated with the celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial, brought about a period of building restoration and business re-vitalization.

Today, Duncans Mills resembles the way it was originally built. It has an authentic North Pacific Coast Railroad Depot and several original cars from the old railroad line. A California State Park Sector Office is located in one of the old railroad buildings as a California State Parks administrative office. The Blue Heron Restaurant has served as the destination entertainment center of the town for decades.

Geography[edit]

Duncans Mills is located on the Russian River about 4 mi (6 km) from the Pacific Ocean. It straddles State Route 116.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Duncans Mills, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 57
(14)
62
(17)
65
(18)
70
(21)
76
(24)
81
(27)
84
(29)
84
(29)
82
(28)
77
(25)
66
(19)
57
(14)
72
(22)
Average low °F (°C) 36
(2)
38
(3)
40
(4)
41
(5)
45
(7)
48
(9)
49
(9)
49
(9)
48
(9)
43
(6)
38
(3)
34
(1)
42
(6)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 8.65
(220)
7.64
(194)
6.15
(156)
2.25
(57)
1.03
(26)
0.25
(6)
0.08
(2)
0.11
(3)
0.52
(13)
2.01
(51)
5.85
(149)
6.29
(160)
40.83
(1,037)
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Duncans Mills

The record high was 113 °F (45 °C) on July 14, 1972, and the record low was 14 °F (−10 °C) on December 23, 1990.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2000 census, about 175 people live in Duncans Mills. There are around 42 family households and 31 non-family households. Each household has an average of 2-3 people. In Duncans Mills, there are 129 houses, and 56 of them are vacant and 52 of them are seasonal, recreational, of occasional use.

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