|County||El Dorado County|
|Elevation||722 ft (220 m)|
The settlement was established in 1849 and named for James W. Marshall, discoverer of gold. In 1850, the name was changed to Uniontown to commemorate California's admission to the Union. The name was changed to Lotus with the arrival of the post office in 1881.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lotus, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 517. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.