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Gold Run was a former mining town of the California Gold Rush, located in Placer County, California.[2]

Gold Run

Mountain Springs
Former settlement
Building of former gold rush mining town
Building of former gold rush mining town
Gold Run is located in California
Gold Run
Gold Run
Location in California
Gold Run is located in the United States
Gold Run
Gold Run
Gold Run (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°10′51″N 120°51′21″W / 39.18083°N 120.85583°W / 39.18083; -120.85583Coordinates: 39°10′51″N 120°51′21″W / 39.18083°N 120.85583°W / 39.18083; -120.85583
Country United States
State California
Elevation3,212 ft (979 m)
Reference no.405

The former settlement is a listed California Historical Landmark (#405).[3]


A post office was established titled "Mountain Springs", after the Mountain Springs Hotel, in 1854, a few miles southwest of Dutch Flat. The town was founded by O. W. Hollenbeck in 1854, and was known for its hydraulic mines.

The post office moved one mile north and the name was changed to Gold Run in 1863. $6,125,000 in gold was transferred out of the town between 1865-1878 due to the hydraulic mining.[3]

Mining operations ceased in 1882, after a court ruling made hydraulic operations unprofitable.[3] It is east of Rollins Reservoir in the Sierra Nevada foothills.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Gold Run has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[4]

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gold Run, California
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 492. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ a b c "Gold Run". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Gold Run, California