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Ophir was a boomtown of the California Gold Rush. Originally named The Spanish Corral in 1849, Ophir received its Biblical name Ophir, the source of King Solomon's treasures, in 1850 because of the rich gold placer mining in the area. In 1852 it was the center of the local gold mining industry, and the most populous town in the county.
It grew to over 500 families by 1853, when a disastrous fire on the 12th of July destroyed the whole town. The town was not rebuilt at the time. Later Ophir became the center of quartz mining in the county. It is remembered at California Historical Landmark #463.
After the gold rush, the area was planted in vineyards and orchards, and during Prohibition just in orchards. Beginning in the 1970s vineyards again returned to the area. Today, local services for Ophir come from Auburn.
James Fast and Andrew Milton grew up in Ophir.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ophir, California
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- "The Ophir Fire: Additional Particulars". Sacramento Daily Union. 5 (720). 15 July 1853. p. 1, column 4.
- "Ophir". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
- "Ophir, Placer County, California" California Genealogy
- California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES) Record
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