Gold Run, California

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Gold Run
Former settlement
Gold Run 2012-09-16 15-52-21.jpg
Gold Run is located in California
Gold Run
Gold Run
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°10′51″N 120°51′21″W / 39.18083°N 120.85583°W / 39.18083; -120.85583Coordinates: 39°10′51″N 120°51′21″W / 39.18083°N 120.85583°W / 39.18083; -120.85583
Country  United States
State  California
County Placer County
Elevation[1] 3,212 ft (979 m)
Reference no. 405

Gold Run was a former settlement in Placer County, California.[2]


A post office was established titled "Mountain Springs", after the Mountain Springs Hotel, in 1854, a few miles southwest of Dutch Flat. The town was founded by O. W. Hollenbeck, and was known for its hydraulic mines. The post office moved one mile north and the name was changed to Gold Run in 1863. $6,125,000 in gold was transferred out of the town between 1865-1878 due to the hydraulic mining.[3] Mining operations ceased in 1882, after a court ruling made hydraulic operations unprofitable.[3] Today the former settlement is listed as California Historical Landmark #405.[3]


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


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gold Run, California
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 492. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ a b c "Gold Run". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Gold Run, California