Yankee Jims, California

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Yankee Jims
Unincorporated community
Yankee Jims is located in California
Yankee Jims
Yankee Jims
Location in California
Yankee Jims is located in the US
Yankee Jims
Yankee Jims
Yankee Jims (the US)
Coordinates: 39°01′46″N 120°51′42″W / 39.02944°N 120.86167°W / 39.02944; -120.86167Coordinates: 39°01′46″N 120°51′42″W / 39.02944°N 120.86167°W / 39.02944; -120.86167
Country  United States
State  California
County Placer County
Elevation[1] 2,582 ft (787 m)
Population (2016)
 • Total 18
Reference no. 398

Yankee Jims (also, Yankee Jim and Yankee Jim's)[2] is a small community in Placer County, California.[1]

It lies at an elevation of 2582 feet (787 m) in the Sierra Nevada foothills.[1] Yankee Jims is located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west-northwest of Foresthill.[2]


Yankee Jims was once one of the largest mining camps in Placer County during the California Gold Rush. The Yankee Jim's post office operated from 1852 to 1940.[2] The name comes from an Australian criminal who hid stolen horses at the site before gold was discovered there.[2]

The town site is marked by California Historical Landmark #398,[3] located on a ridge between the North and Middle forks of the American River.[4]

Yankee Jims today is a small town composed simply of a cluster of homes. Its population was 18 in 2016.

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  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Yankee Jims, California
  2. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 579. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ "Yankee Jims". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  4. ^ Mildred Brooke Hoover, Douglas E. Kyle, Historic spots in California, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 2002. pp. 279-280

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