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French Corral
An old Wells Fargo Bank building in French Corral
An old Wells Fargo Bank building in French Corral
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Coordinates: 39°18′22″N 121°09′41″W / 39.30611°N 121.16139°W / 39.30611; -121.16139Coordinates: 39°18′22″N 121°09′41″W / 39.30611°N 121.16139°W / 39.30611; -121.16139
Country  United States
State  California
County Nevada
Elevation
1,532 ft (467 m)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
Area code(s) 530

French Corral is an unincorporated community approximately five miles west of California State Highway 49 in Nevada County, California.

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.

Geography

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.

Climate

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

Demographics

In 1880, the population was 527.

Historical landmarks

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