Polaris, California

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Unincorporated community
Polaris is located in California
Polaris is located in the US
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°20′21″N 120°08′09″W / 39.33917°N 120.13583°W / 39.33917; -120.13583Coordinates: 39°20′21″N 120°08′09″W / 39.33917°N 120.13583°W / 39.33917; -120.13583
Country  United States
State  California
County Nevada County
Elevation[1] 5,695 ft (1,736 m)

Polaris is an unincorporated community in Nevada County, California.[1] It lies at an elevation of 5695 feet (1736 m).[1] Polaris was established on the Central Pacific Railroad line in 1867,[2] 2.5 miles (4.0 km) east-northeast of Truckee.[3]

The Polaris post office operated from 1901 to 1923.[3]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Polaris, California
  2. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1998). California place names : the origin and etymology of current geographical names (4th ed., rev. and enl. ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 297. ISBN 0520213165. 
  3. ^ 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. 540. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.