North Bloomfield, California
|Elevation||3,287 ft (1,002 m)|
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Settled in 1852 as a mining town of the California Gold Rush, it was originally named Humbug after the creek of the same name. As the settlement grew, it was renamed Humbug City, and then the more dignified Bloomfield. The settlement thrived during Malakoff Diggins mining days. When a post office was established on June 1, 1857, residents selected the current name to differentiate the town from Bloomfield, California.
In 1857, the population was approximately 500. Three years later, the North Bloomfield Mining and Gravel Company arrived and began hydraulic mining operations. By 1876, the population swelled to 2000. But in 1884, when hydraulic mining ended because of Woodruff v. North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company, a lawsuit by Sacramento area farmers, North Bloomfield became an uninhabited San Juan Ridge ghost town.
- Skidmore House
- E Clampus Vitus Building
- McKillicam & Mobley General Store
- St. Columncille’s Catholic Church
The post office was open from 1857 to 1942, moving once in 1875.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: North Bloomfield, California
- Hittell, Theodore Henry (1898). History of California. San Francisco. p. 90.
- "North Bloomfield, California". ghosttownexplorers.org. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
- "North Bloomfield". malakoff.com. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 530. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
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