Lotus, California

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Coordinates: 38°48′06″N 120°54′31″W / 38.80167°N 120.90861°W / 38.80167; -120.90861

Unincorporated community
Lotus is located in California
Lotus is located in the US
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°48′06″N 120°54′31″W / 38.80167°N 120.90861°W / 38.80167; -120.90861
Country United States
State California
County El Dorado County
Elevation[1] 722 ft (220 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 238

Lotus (formerly, Marshall and Uniontown) is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, California.[1] It is located 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Coloma,[2] at an elevation of 722 feet (220 m).[1]

The settlement was established in 1849 and named for James W. Marshall, discoverer of gold.[2] In 1850, the name was changed to Uniontown to commemorate California's admission to the Union.[2] The name was changed to Lotus with the arrival of the post office in 1881.[2]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lotus, California
  2. ^ a b c d 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.