Floriston, California

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Floriston
The Truckee River near Floriston
The Truckee River near Floriston
Location of Floriston in Nevada County, California.
Location of Floriston in Nevada County, California.
Floriston is located in California
Floriston
Floriston
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°23′35″N 120°00′55″W / 39.39306°N 120.01528°W / 39.39306; -120.01528Coordinates: 39°23′35″N 120°00′55″W / 39.39306°N 120.01528°W / 39.39306; -120.01528
Country United States
State California
CountyNevada
Area
 • Total0.950 sq mi (2.461 km2)
 • Land0.950 sq mi (2.461 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation5,400 ft (1,600 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total73
 • Density77/sq mi (30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
FIPS code06-24526

Floriston is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Nevada County, California. It is situated at an elevation of 5,400 ft (1,600 m) above sea level. Floriston is located on the Truckee River, 10 miles (16.1 km) east-northeast of Truckee.[3] Formerly an important railroad stop and mill town, Floriston survives to this day as a small residential community. The population was 73 at the 2010 census.

Name[edit]

The name comes from the flowers at the place.[3] It is probably coined from the Latin or Spanish stem flor 'flower.'[4]

History[edit]

The railroad station was established in the 1870s with the name of Bronco after the name of the creek a mile to the south.[4] The Floriston post office opened in 1891.[3]

Geography[edit]

Floriston is located east of Truckee in the canyon of the Truckee River, a short distance north of the bend where it turns north from its previous eastward course. The community is located on a small gently sloped area on the east bank of the river next to Interstate 80, which crosses the river nearby. Steep canyon walls thousands of feet high rise up from the river on both sides.

Climate[edit]

Floriston has a dry-summer continental climate (Köppen Dsb) with a moderate amount of precipitation, much of it falling as snow in the wintertime. Diurnal temperature variation is large, with average highs above freezing year-round, and quite cold nighttime temperatures even in midsummer. The community, deep in a canyon on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, experiences a moderate rain shadow effect due to the Sierra crest 20 miles (32 km) to the west. However, this rain shadow is much less pronounced than that of the lower terrain to the east. As a result, Floriston is located in a transition zone between the lush forests of the Sierra and the desert valleys to the east.

Climate data for Floriston, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 42.7
(5.9)
46.0
(7.8)
51.3
(10.7)
57.6
(14.2)
66.3
(19.1)
75.9
(24.4)
84.7
(29.3)
84.1
(28.9)
77.6
(25.3)
65.9
(18.8)
51.6
(10.9)
42.4
(5.8)
62.2
(16.8)
Daily mean °F (°C) 30.5
(−0.8)
33.4
(0.8)
38.3
(3.5)
43.4
(6.3)
50.8
(10.4)
58.5
(14.7)
65.4
(18.6)
64.5
(18.1)
58.1
(14.5)
48.7
(9.3)
38.1
(3.4)
30.7
(−0.7)
46.7
(8.2)
Average low °F (°C) 18.3
(−7.6)
20.9
(−6.2)
25.3
(−3.7)
29.2
(−1.6)
35.2
(1.8)
41.1
(5.1)
46.0
(7.8)
44.9
(7.2)
38.7
(3.7)
31.4
(−0.3)
24.7
(−4.1)
19.0
(−7.2)
31.2
(−0.4)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.35
(85)
3.94
(100)
3.06
(78)
1.35
(34)
0.93
(24)
0.62
(16)
0.28
(7.1)
0.25
(6.4)
0.66
(17)
1.64
(42)
2.64
(67)
4.04
(103)
22.75
(578)
Source: PRISM Climate Group[5]

Demographics[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Floriston was home to 73 people. The population was spread out among 38 households, including 18 families. 6 households included children under the age of 18. Of the 73 people who lived in Floriston, 67 were white, 4 were Native American, and 2 were of mixed-race origin. The community had 9 people under the age of 18, and 8 people aged 65 or older. The median age was 49.1 years. There were 35 males and 38 females.

Politics[edit]

California is an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and its representation in the Senate reflects that – the state's Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, are both Democrats. However, befitting its location in the rural and conservative-leaning Sierra Nevada, Floriston is represented by Republicans in the House of Representatives at the federal level and in both legislative bodies at the state level. In the state legislature, Floriston is in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Brian Dahle,[7] and the 1st Assembly District, represented by Republican Megan Dahle.[8] Federally, Floriston is in California's 1st congressional district, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.[9]

Like much of the Truckee–Tahoe area, with its large population of transplants and seasonal residents from the San Francisco Bay Area, Floriston itself leans strongly Democratic. In the 2016 election, voters in Floriston's voting precinct, which also encompasses other rural areas east of Truckeee, cast 69 votes for Hillary Clinton and 37 votes for Donald Trump.[10]

Government[edit]

As an unincorporated community, Floriston has no government institutions of its own. Governmental duties are handled by Nevada County. Floriston is located in Nevada County's 5th supervisorial district,[11] represented by Democrat Richard Anderson.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census Archived 2012-01-24 at WebCite
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Floriston, California
  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. 485. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  4. ^ a b Gudde, Erwin G. (1998). California place names : the origin and etymology of current geographical names (4th ed., rev. and enl. ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 133. ISBN 0520213165.
  5. ^ "PRISM Climate Group". Oregon State University. Retrieved May 4, 2020. Input coordinates: 39.3928 N, 120.0260 W.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA – Floriston CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  7. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "California's 1st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "An Extremely Detailed Map of the 2016 Presidential Election". New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  11. ^ "All Supervisorial Districts Map". Nevada County, California. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "Supervisor District 5". Nevada County, California. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  13. ^ "Scoop:Owens not running for supe again — but Truckee Mayor Anderson will run". Jeff Pelline's Sierra Foothills Report. Retrieved May 4, 2020.

External links[edit]

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