Jenny Lind, California

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Coordinates: 38°6′N 120°52′W / 38.100°N 120.867°W / 38.100; -120.867

Jenny Lind
Jenny Lind is located in California
Jenny Lind
Jenny Lind
Location in California
Jenny Lind is located in the United States
Jenny Lind
Jenny Lind
Jenny Lind (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°6′N 120°52′W / 38.100°N 120.867°W / 38.100; -120.867
CountryUnited States
CountyCalaveras County
Elevation253 ft (77 m)
Reference no.266

Jenny Lind is an unincorporated community in Calaveras County, California. It lies at an elevation of 253 feet (77 m) and is located at 38°6′N 120°52′W / 38.100°N 120.867°W / 38.100; -120.867. The community is in ZIP code 95252 and area code 209.

Located on the north bank of the Calaveras River, Jenny Lind was a placer mining town as early as 1849. Most of the placer mining was done along the hillsides above the river; later the river was mined with dredgers. In 1864 the population was said to be 400, half of them Chinese. Being on the main road from Stockton, it was also an important freighting center for the area.

The town is likely named after the Swedish singer Jenny Lind,[2] although there are several tales about its naming. One story has it that it was really named for Dr. John Y. Lind. Another says that the braying of pack mules prompted the miners to use the singer's name in sarcastic humor. Most likely, it was named in the singer's honor, although she never came to California.[3]

The town today is registered as California Historical Landmark #266.[4]

A post office operated at Jenny Lind from 1857 to 1944 and again from 1947 to 1951.[5]


In the state legislature, Jenny Lind is in the 8th Senate District, represented by Republican Andreas Borgeas,[6] and the 5th Assembly District, represented by Republican Frank Bigelow.[7] Federally, Jenny Lind is in California's 4th congressional district, represented by Republican Tom McClintock.[8]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Jenny Lind, California
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 169.
  3. ^ Koeppel, Elliot H. (December 1996). The California Gold Country: Highway 49 Revisited. La Habra, CA: Malakoff & Co. ISBN 0-938121-12-X.
  4. ^ "Jenny Lind". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  5. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 788. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  6. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  7. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  8. ^ "California's 4th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.

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