Yankee Jims, California

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Yankee Jims
Unincorporated community
Yankee Jims is located in California
Yankee Jims
Yankee Jims
Location in California
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)
Reference no. 398

Yankee Jims (also, Yankee Jim and Yankee Jim's)[2] is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California.[1] Yankee Jims is located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west-northwest of Foresthill.[2] It lies at an elevation of 2582 feet (787 m).[1]

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]

Yankee Jims was once one of the largest mining camps in Placer County during the California Gold Rush. Its site, marked by California Historical Landmark #398,[3] is situated on a ridge between the North and Middle forks of the American River.[4]


  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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