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Welcome to Carnelian Bay ...

Carnelian Bay is located in Placer County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Carnelian Bay, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1908.

Carnelian Bay is 6,230 feet [1,899 m] above sea level.<2> In other words, the altitude of Carnelian Bay is about 1¼ mile [or ~1¾ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Carnelian Bay lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Carnelian Bay lies within the (530) area code.

The ZIP code for Carnelian Bay: 96140<3>

Communities near Carnelian Bay ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Carnelian Bay.

  • Carson City
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
  • Truckee
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
  • Crystal Bay
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the east)
  • Tahoe City
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Incline Village
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east)
  • Polaris
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Polaris have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Polaris
    • Polaris is located in Nevada County
  • Tyrolian Village
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tyrolian Village have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tyrolian Village
    • Tyrolian Village is located in Washoe County (NV)
  • Tahoe Pines
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tahoe Pines
    • Tahoe Pines is located in Placer County
  • Homewood
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest)
  • Prosser Lake Heights
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prosser Lake Heights
    • Prosser Lake Heights is located in Nevada County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Carnelian Bay. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Carnelian Bay.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Carnelian Bay. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Carnelian Bay.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Carnelian Bay. See our Newspapers Page for Carnelian Bay.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Carnelian Bay ...

Looking for more information about Carnelian Bay? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Carnelian Bay, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Carnelian Bay.

Adding Carnelian Bay to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Carnelian Bay in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Carnelian Bay was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<6>

From that list, the Carnelian Bay post office opened in 1908.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Carnelian Bay.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Carnelian Bay. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Placer, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Carnelian Bay - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Carnelian Bay). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Carnelian Bay or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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