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Jenny Lind
Jenny Lind is located in California
Jenny Lind
Jenny Lind
Location in California
Jenny Lind is located in the United States
Jenny Lind
Jenny Lind
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Calaveras County
253 ft (77 m)
Reference #: 266

Jenny Lind is an unincorporated community in Calaveras County, California. It lies at an elevation of 253 feet (77 m) and is located at 38°6′N 120°52′W / 38.100°N 120.867°W / 38.100; -120.867. The community is in ZIP code 95252 and area code 209.

Located on the north bank of the Calaveras River, Jenny Lind was a placer mining town as early as 1849. Most of the placer mining was done along the hillsides above the river; later the river was mined with dredgers. In 1864 the population was said to be 400, half of them Chinese. Being on the main road from Stockton, it was also an important freighting center for the area.

The town is likely named after the Swedish singer Jenny Lind, although there are several tales about its naming. One story has it that it was really named for Dr. John Y. Lind. Another says that the braying of pack mules prompted the miners to use the singer's name in sarcastic humor. Most likely, it was named in the singer's honor, although she never came to California.

The town today is registered as California Historical Landmark #266.

A post office operated at Jenny Lind from 1857 to 1944 and again from 1947 to 1951.

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