Moores Flat, California

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Moores Flat
Former settlement
Moores Flat is located in California
Moores Flat
Moores Flat
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°25′09″N 120°51′03″W / 39.41917°N 120.85083°W / 39.41917; -120.85083Coordinates: 39°25′09″N 120°51′03″W / 39.41917°N 120.85083°W / 39.41917; -120.85083
Country United States
State California
CountyNevada County
Elevation4,144 ft (1,263 m)

Moores Flat (variant: Moore's Flat; formerly, Clinton[2]) is a former settlement in Nevada County, California. It is situated at an elevation of 4,144 ft (1,263 m) above sea level.[1] Moores Flat is located 4.25 miles (6.8 km) north-northeast of North Bloomfield.[2]

Gold rush history[edit]

Moores Flat was settled between 1851 and 1852 as a gold rush site with "Marks & Co." one of its few known gold dust dealers.[3] Gold was found buried in tertiary gravel channels.[3]

In 1880, the population was 50.[4] By the early 1900s, the population of the town declined quickly.[5]

The Clinton post office opened in 1854; the name was changed to Moores Flat in 1857.[2] It closed for a time in 1903, and then closed for good in 1910.[2] The miner and California State Assemblyman, S. L. Blackwell, was associated with the town's post office in 1880.[6]

The name honors H.M. Moore who built the first house and a store there in 1851.[2]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Moores Flat, California
  2. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 525. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ a b "About Alleghany". Retrieved 2010-04-03.
  4. ^ "Nevada County GenWeb Nevada County History". Retrieved 2009-05-31.
  5. ^ "Grass Valley". Retrieved 2010-04-03.
  6. ^ Harvard University. Museum of Comparative Zoology (1880). Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zool̈ogy at Harvard College (Public domain ed.). University Press. pp. 403–.