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Former settlement
Alpha is located in California
Location in California
Country  United States
State  California
County Nevada County
4,120 ft (1,260 m)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)

Alpha is a former settlement in Nevada County, California. Alpha is located 2 miles (3.2 km) south-southeast of Washington. It is situated at an elevation of 4,120 ft (1,260 m) above sea level. Alpha had a post office during the period of 1855–1862.

The Alpha Hydraulic Diggings were 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the town.


Gold was discovered at the place 1850; settlers arrived in 1852. In gold rush days, the town's nickname was "Hell Out for High Noon City".

Notable residents

  • Emma Nevada, opera singer (birthplace)
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