Paloma, California

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Coordinates: 38°15′34″N 120°45′48″W / 38.25944°N 120.76333°W / 38.25944; -120.76333

Paloma is located in California
Location in California
Paloma is located in the United States
Paloma (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°15′34″N 120°45′48″W / 38.25944°N 120.76333°W / 38.25944; -120.76333
CountryUnited States
CountyCalaveras County
Elevation1,362 ft (415 m)
Reference no.295

Paloma (Spanish for "dove"; formerly, Fosteria and Frenchman's Ranch[2]) is an unincorporated community in Calaveras County, California. It lies at an elevation of 1362 feet (415 m) and is located at 38°15′34″N 120°45′48″W / 38.25944°N 120.76333°W / 38.25944; -120.76333. The community is in ZIP code 95252 and area code 209.

Gwin Mine, Paloma, and Lower Rich Gulch were mined for placer gold in 1849, and quartz was discovered by J. Alexander in 1851. Property here was acquired by William M. Gwin, California's first U.S. Senator, in 1851. After yielding millions of dollars in gold, the Gwin Mine closed in 1908.

The town today is registered as California Historical Landmark #295.[3]

The town's post office operated from 1903 to 1918, when the name was Fosteria - from the Foster family, early pioneers.[2]


In the state legislature, Paloma is in the 8th Senate District, represented by Republican Andreas Borgeas,[4] and the 5th Assembly District, represented by Republican Frank Bigelow.[5] Federally, Paloma is in California's 4th congressional district, represented by Republican Tom McClintock.[6]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Paloma, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 812. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ "Paloma". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  4. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "California's 4th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.

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