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French Corral
Unincorporated community
Country  United States
State  California
County Nevada
Elevation 1,532 ft (467 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 530

French Corral is an unincorporated community in Nevada County, California, United States, 5 miles (8.0 km) off State Route 49 via Pleasant Valley Road, and 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Nevada City.

It was one of the first of several historic California gold rush mining camps along the San Juan Ridge. The name was literal as the town grew around a mule corral built by the first settler in the area, a Frenchman, in 1849. It had a post office during the period of 1859 through 1945.

Few original structures remain besides an old Wells Fargo Bank building.


French Corral is located at 39°18′22″N 121°09′37″W / 39.30611°N 121.16028°W / 39.30611; -121.16028, and the elevation is 1,532 feet (467 m) above sea level.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, French Corral has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.


In 1880, the population was 527.

Historical landmarks

  • In 1877, it was the terminus of the world's first long-distance telephone line.
  • The Bridgeport Covered Bridge is reputed by some to be the longest single-span wooden covered bridge in the world; the other leading contender is Old Blenheim Bridge in New York State.
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