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French Corral, California

French Corral, California

French Corral (CA), United States

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Description French Corral is an unincorporated community in Nevada County, California, United States, 5mi off State Route 49 via Pleasant Valley Road, and 9mi 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.GeographyFrench Corral is located at, and the elevation is 1532ft above sea level.ClimateAccording to the Köppen Climate Classification system, French Corral has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.DemographicsIn 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.