Fairport, California

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Former settlement
Fairport is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 41°59′07″N 120°19′19″W / 41.98528°N 120.32194°W / 41.98528; -120.32194Coordinates: 41°59′07″N 120°19′19″W / 41.98528°N 120.32194°W / 41.98528; -120.32194
CountryUnited States
CountyModoc County
Elevation4,741 ft (1,445 m)

Fairport is a former settlement in Modoc County, California.[1] For 20 years, Fairport was a thriving resort community, and the supply and departure depot for the High Grade Mining District in the Warner Mountains.[1][2]

It was located 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of New Pine Creek,[3] 0.3 miles (0.5 km) east of Goose Lake, along the Southern Pacific Railroad, 2.5 miles (4 km) north of Cottonwood Creek, at an elevation of 4741 feet (1445 m).[1]

A post office operated at Fairport from 1912 to 1932, with a closure in part of 1924.[3] Fairport was a transshipment point for cattle and timber.[3]

During its heyday, Fairport competed with nearby New Pine Creek to become the dominant town between Sugar Hill and Lakeview, Oregon, but when mining ended and lake waters receded, its usefulness waned. A loose cluster of homes remains, but the business buildings and post office were demolished, the town has not appeared on local maps since the Depression Era, and it has lost its identity as a community.[2]


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, Fairport has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fairport, California
  2. ^ a b Pease, Robert W. (1965). Modoc County; University of California Publications in Geography, Volume 17. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. pp. 110, 147.
  3. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 404. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Fairport, California