French Corral, California

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French Corral
Unincorporated community
French Corral is located in California
French Corral
French Corral
Location of French Corral in California
Coordinates: 39°18′22″N 121°09′41″W / 39.30611°N 121.16139°W / 39.30611; -121.16139Coordinates: 39°18′22″N 121°09′41″W / 39.30611°N 121.16139°W / 39.30611; -121.16139
Country  United States
State  California
County Nevada
Elevation[1] 1,532 ft (467 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 530

French Corral is an unincorporated community in Nevada County, California, United States, 5 miles (8.0 km) off State Route 49 via Pleasant Valley Road, and 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Nevada City.

It was one of the first of several historic California gold rush mining camps along the San Juan Ridge. The name was literal as the town grew around a mule corral built by the first settler in the area, a Frenchman, in 1849.[2] It had a post office during the period of 1859 through 1945.[3]

Few original structures remain besides an old Wells Fargo Bank building.[4]


French Corral is located at 39°18′22″N 121°09′37″W / 39.30611°N 121.16028°W / 39.30611; -121.16028, and the elevation is 1,532 feet (467 m) above sea level.[5]


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, French Corral has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.[6]


In 1880, the population was 527.[7]

Historical landmarks[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: French Corral, California
  2. ^ "Historic French Corral Cemetery". Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  3. ^ "French Corral 1875 target 1859-1945 3c Washington Banknote.". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  4. ^ "French Corral". Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  5. ^ "French Corral". Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for French Corral, California
  7. ^ "Nevada County History". Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  8. ^ "Historical Landmarks". Retrieved 2008-08-03. 

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