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Coordinates: 39°45′58″N 121°18′27″W / 39.76611°N 121.3075°W / 39.76611; -121.3075

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Country United States
State California
County Butte County
3,999 ft (1,219 m)

Merrimac (formerly, Merrimack, Pea Vine, and Peavine) is an unincorporated community in Butte County, California located along Oroville-Quincy Road about 2.1 miles (3.4 km) south of the Plumas County line. It lies at an elevation of 3999 feet (1219 m). While the location is shown as official in the National Geographic Names Database, it is not known if locals use this name to describe the place today. Nearby is Rogers Cow Camp, a campground in Lassen National Forest. The USGS feature ID for this populated place is 1659117. The US Postal Service does not show a ZIP Code for this community. The location is within area code 530.

The community is located along Oroville-Quincy Road between the towns of Buckeye and Junction House. As the name implies, the road continues to intersect with State Route 70 in Quincy. This road is also called Forest Service Road 119. It is shown on some modern road maps covering the entire state. Merrimac does not appear on the 1958 State of California highway map.

The Pea Vine post office operated from 1856 to 1864. The Merrimac post office operated from 1883 to 1902 and 1915 to 1934.

  • Soapstone Hill, California, 7.5 minute quadrangle, US Geological Survey, 1994.
  • US Geological Survey, National Geographic Names Database.
  • Road Map of California, State of California, Department of Public Works, Division of Highways, 1958.
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