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Coordinates: 39°19′40″N 121°08′36″W / 39.32778°N 121.14333°W / 39.32778; -121.14333Coordinates: 39°19′40″N 121°08′36″W / 39.32778°N 121.14333°W / 39.32778; -121.14333
Country  United States
State  California
County Nevada County
1,765 ft (538 m)

Birchville (until 1853, Johnson's Diggings) is a historic mining and agricultural community in Nevada County, California. Birchville is located about 10 miles northwest of Nevada City and about 2 miles northeast of French Corral. It is situated at an elevation of 1,765 ft (538 m) above sea level.


Birchville was located 6 mi (9.7 km) from the Nevada City mine, along the thoroughfare of the first long-distance telephone line.

The name Johnson's Diggings commemorates David Johnson, the site's first prospector. The name Birchville is from L. Birch Adsit.

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