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Our Genealogy Helper for Downieville ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Downieville (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Downieville. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Downieville is located in Sierra County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of California's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sierra County: Lassen, Nevada, Plumas, Yuba & Washoe (NV).

Below are the counties that are near Downieville. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Downieville:

  • Sierra County     (The home county of Downieville)
    • Goodyears Bar (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southwest)
    • Forest (5 miles [8 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest
      • Forest lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest
    • Alleghany (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)
    • Loganville (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Loganville
      • Loganville lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Loganville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Loganville
    • Poker Flat (9 miles [14.5 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poker Flat
      • Poker Flat lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poker Flat
    • Queen City (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Queen City
      • Queen City lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Queen City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Queen City
    • Sierra City (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
    • Brandy City (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brandy City
      • Brandy City was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brandy City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sattley (21 miles [33.8 km] to the east)
    • Calpine (22 miles [35.4 km] to the east)
    • Sierraville (24 miles [38.6 km] to the east)
    • Loyalton (32 miles [51.5 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Loyalton
      • Loyalton lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the east of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 680 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Loyalton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Loyalton<2>
  • Butte County
    • Clipper Mills (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
    • Oroleve (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oroleve
      • Oroleve lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Downieville and is located in Butte County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oroleve
    • Lumpkin (20 miles [32.2 km] to the west) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lumpkin
      • Lumpkin was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Downieville and is located in Butte County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lumpkin have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Feather Falls (22 miles [35.4 km] to the west)
    • Evansville (23 miles [37 km] to the west) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evansville
      • Evansville was located 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Downieville and is located in Butte County
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Evansville. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Forbestown (23 miles [37 km] to the west)
    • Robinson Mill (26 miles [41.8 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Robinson Mill
      • Robinson Mill lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Downieville and is located in Butte County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Robinson Mill
    • Berry Creek (31 miles [49.9 km] to the west)
    • Bangor (32 miles [51.5 km] to the west)
    • Pulga (37 miles [59.5 km] to the northwest)
    • Oroville (38 miles [61.2 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oroville
      • Oroville lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the west of Downieville and is located in Butte County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,237 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oroville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oroville<2>
    • Palermo (38 miles [61.2 km] to the west)
    • Elsey (40 miles [64.4 km] to the west)
  • Nevada County
    • Graniteville (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Graniteville
      • Graniteville lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Graniteville
    • Marsh Mill (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marsh Mill
      • Marsh Mill lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marsh Mill
    • North Bloomfield (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Bloomfield
      • North Bloomfield was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
    • Washington (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
    • Lake City (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake City
      • Lake City lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake City
    • North Columbia (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Columbia
      • North Columbia lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Columbia have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Columbia
    • Blue Tent (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blue Tent
      • Blue Tent lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blue Tent
    • Scotts Flat (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scotts Flat
      • Scotts Flat lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scotts Flat
    • Baltimore Town (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baltimore Town
      • Baltimore Town lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Baltimore Town have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baltimore Town
    • North San Juan (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
    • Meadow Lake (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadow Lake
      • Meadow Lake was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Meadow Lake. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Summit City (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summit City
      • Summit City was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Summit City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Nevada City Rancheria (22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nevada City Rancheria
      • Nevada City Rancheria lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nevada City Rancheria have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nevada City Rancheria
  • Placer County
    • Emigrant Gap (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
    • Alta (24 miles [38.6 km] to the south)
    • Dutch Flat (24 miles [38.6 km] to the south)
    • Big Bend (24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Bend
      • Big Bend lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Downieville and is located in Placer County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Bend
    • Casa Loma (25 miles [40.2 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Casa Loma
      • Casa Loma lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of Downieville and is located in Placer County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Casa Loma
    • Gold Run (26 miles [41.8 km] to the south)
    • Secret Town (27 miles [43.5 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Secret Town
      • Secret Town lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Downieville and is located in Placer County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Secret Town have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Secret Town
    • Iowa Hill (31 miles [49.9 km] to the south)
    • Colfax (32 miles [51.5 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colfax
      • Colfax lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the south of Downieville and is located in Placer County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,009 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colfax
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Colfax<2>
    • Foresthill (37 miles [59.5 km] to the south)
    • Weimar (37 miles [59.5 km] to the south)
    • Applegate (39 miles [62.8 km] to the south)
    • Meadow Vista (40 miles [64.4 km] to the south)
  • Plumas County
    • La Porte (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Little Grass Valley (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little Grass Valley
      • Little Grass Valley lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Downieville and is located in Plumas County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Little Grass Valley
    • Johnsville (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Plumas Eureka (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plumas Eureka
      • Plumas Eureka lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Downieville and is located in Plumas County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plumas Eureka have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plumas Eureka
    • Blairsden (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
    • C-Road (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for C-Road
      • C-Road lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Downieville and is located in Plumas County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on C-Road
    • Clio (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
    • Graeagle (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
    • Mohawk (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mohawk
      • Mohawk lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Downieville and is located in Plumas County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mohawk have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mohawk
    • Valley Ranch (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valley Ranch
      • Valley Ranch lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Downieville and is located in Plumas County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Valley Ranch have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley Ranch
    • Whitehawk (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitehawk
      • Whitehawk lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Downieville and is located in Plumas County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whitehawk have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitehawk
    • Mohawk Vista (20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mohawk Vista
      • Mohawk Vista lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Downieville and is located in Plumas County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mohawk Vista
    • Cromberg (22 miles [35.4 km] to the north)
  • Shasta County
    • Bear Valley (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bear Valley
      • Bear Valley was located 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Downieville and is located in Shasta County
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Bear Valley. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
  • Yuba County
    • Depot Hill (12 miles [19.3 km] to the west) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Depot Hill
      • Depot Hill was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Downieville and is located in Yuba County
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Depot Hill. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Camptonville (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Strawberry Valley (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
    • Garden Valley (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garden Valley
      • Garden Valley was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville and is located in Yuba County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Garden Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Foster Bar (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Foster Bar
      • Foster Bar was located 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville and is located in Yuba County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Foster Bar have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Bullards Bar (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bullards Bar
      • Bullards Bar was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville and is located in Yuba County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bullards Bar have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Challenge (21 miles [33.8 km] to the west)
    • Dobbins (23 miles [37 km] to the southwest)
    • Brownsville (24 miles [38.6 km] to the west)
    • Oregon House (27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Rackerby (28 miles [45.1 km] to the west)
    • Smartville (34 miles [54.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Browns Valley (37 miles [59.5 km] to the southwest)

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Downieville, see our County-by-County Page for Downieville.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Downieville ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Downieville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Downieville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Downieville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Downieville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 22 miles [35.4 km] of Downieville.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Downieville:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from California

Cemeteries Near Downieville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Downieville.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Downieville covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Downieville Cemetery
  • Goodyears Bar Cemetery
  • Eureka Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Eureka Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Eureka Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eureka Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #7955<5>
  • Forest City Cemetery
  • Alleghany Cemetery
  • Port Wine Cemetery
  • Scales Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Scales Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Scales Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Scales Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Downieville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scales Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2361724<5>
  • Sierra City Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sierra City Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Sierra City Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • The Sierra City Cemetery is located outside and to the west of Sierra City.To be more accurate, Sierra City Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Downieville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sierra City Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2276304<5>
  • St. Louis Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Louis Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the St. Louis Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • The St. Louis Cemetery is located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of La Porte.More precisely, St. Louis Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Downieville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Louis Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #8331<5>
  • Brandy City Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Brandy City Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Brandy City Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Brandy City Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Downieville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brandy City Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2217386<5>
  • Sleighville House Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sleighville House Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Sleighville House Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Sleighville House Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sleighville House Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2375335<5>
  • Howland Flat Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Howland Flat Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Howland Flat Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Howland Flat Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Downieville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Howland Flat Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2186787<5>
  • Continue List   (68 more) ...
    • Pine Grove Cemetery
    • La Porte Cemetery
    • Pike City Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pike City Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Pike City Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Pike City Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pike City Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2375331<5>

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Downieville had a population of 1,034 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Downieville, with the one closest to Downieville listed first.

  • Downieville (Sierra County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Downieville
    • Downieville lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,034 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Downieville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Downieville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Downieville<2>
  • Goodyears Bar (Sierra County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodyears Bar
    • Goodyears Bar lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 69 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Goodyears Bar had a post office and no railroad service
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  • Alleghany (Sierra County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alleghany
    • Alleghany lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 115 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Alleghany had a post office and no railroad service
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  • Moore's Flat (Nevada County)
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    • Moore's Flat lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 103 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Moore's Flat had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moore's Flat have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moore's Flat
  • Graniteville (Nevada County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Graniteville
    • Graniteville lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 234 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Graniteville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Graniteville
  • Scales (Sierra County) - Historic
    • While Scales was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scales
    • Scales was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 217 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Scales had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scales have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Sierra City (Sierra County)
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    • Sierra City lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 632 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Sierra City had a post office and no railroad service
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  • Saint Louis (Sierra County)
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    • Saint Louis lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 76 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Saint Louis had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Louis have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • La Porte (Plumas County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Porte
    • La Porte lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Downieville and is located in Plumas County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 214 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, La Porte had a post office and no railroad service
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  • Pike (Sierra County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pike
    • Pike lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 210 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Pike had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pike have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Pike has also been known as:
    • Pike City
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  • Camptonville (Yuba County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camptonville
    • Camptonville lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Downieville and is located in Yuba County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 387 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Camptonville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camptonville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Camptonville<2>
  • North Bloomfield (Nevada County) - Historic
    • While North Bloomfield was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Bloomfield
    • North Bloomfield was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 497 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, North Bloomfield had a post office and no railroad service
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    • Washington (Nevada County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Washington
      • Washington lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Downieville and is located in Nevada County
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 359 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Washington had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Washington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Washington<2>
    • Gibsonville (Sierra County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gibsonville
      • Gibsonville lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Downieville and is located in Sierra County
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 138 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Gibsonville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gibsonville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gibsonville
    • Strawberry Valley (Yuba County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strawberry Valley
      • Strawberry Valley lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Downieville and is located in Yuba County
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 134 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Strawberry Valley had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Strawberry Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Strawberry Valley<2>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Downieville. See our List of 1890's Communities around Downieville.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Downieville

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for California

About Sierra County

About California

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The official website for Sierra County: www.sierracounty.ws/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Downieville) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Downieville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from DownievilleOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Downieville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5604, Longitude: -120.8291    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Downieville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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