Michigan Bluff, California

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Michigan Bluff (formerly, Michigan Bluffs and Michigan City)[2] is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California.[1] Michigan Bluff is 4.35 miles (7.0 km) east-northeast of Foresthill.[2] It is at an elevation of 3,510 feet (1,070 m).[1]

Michigan Bluff
Michigan Bluff is located in California
Michigan Bluff
Michigan Bluff
Location in California
Michigan Bluff is located in the United States
Michigan Bluff
Michigan Bluff
Michigan Bluff (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°02′35″N 120°44′29″W / 39.04306°N 120.74139°W / 39.04306; -120.74139Coordinates: 39°02′35″N 120°44′29″W / 39.04306°N 120.74139°W / 39.04306; -120.74139
Country United States
State California
CountyPlacer County
Elevation3,510 ft (1,070 m)
Reference no.402
Gold found in Michigan Bluff

The original settlement was called Michigan City, but after erosion threatened the town it was moved up-slope and renamed Michigan Bluff.[2] The Michigan City post office operated from 1854 to 1943.[2]

Photo of a monument in Michigan Bluff, California

The town was founded by gold miners. Mining began in earnest in 1853, and town was shipping $100,000 in gold per month by 1858. Leland Stanford ran a store in the town from 1853 to 1855. After hydraulic mining was banned, the town entered decline.[3] The town is now registered as California Historical Landmark #402.[4]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Michigan Bluff, California
  2. ^ a b c d "ACME Mapper 2.2". mapper.acme.com.
  3. ^ Kyle, Douglas E.; Rensch, Hero Eugene; Rensch, Ethel Grace; Hoover, Mildred Brooke; Abeloe, William (September 6, 2002). Historic Spots in California: Fifth Edition. Stanford University Press. ISBN 9780804778176 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Michigan Bluff". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-11.

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