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Coordinates: 40°26′40″N 121°24′16″W / 40.44444°N 121.40444°W / 40.44444; -121.40444Coordinates: 40°26′40″N 121°24′16″W / 40.44444°N 121.40444°W / 40.44444; -121.40444
Country  United States
State  California
County Plumas County
5,705 ft (1,739 m)
ZIP code

Drakesbad (formerly, Drake's Hot Springs, Drake's Place, Hot Springs Valley, and Sifford's) is an unincorporated community in Plumas County, California. It lies at an elevation of 5705 feet (1739 m). Drakesbad is located on Hot Springs Creek, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) west of Mount Harkness. Drakesbad is perhaps most known for the Drakesbad Guest Ranch located there.


The place was first called Hot Springs Valley, then Drake's Place and Drake's Hot Springs. The name honors E.R. Drake who settled at the place in 1860s. The name Drakesbad was bestowed when ownership transferred to the Sifford family who substituted -bad (German for "bath" or "spa") for the English.

The Drake post office operated from 1901 to 1902.

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