Place:French Gulch, Shasta, California, United States

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NameFrench Gulch
TypeCensus-designated place
Coordinates40.705°N 122.635°W
Located inShasta, California, United States
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French Gulch is a census-designated place (CDP) in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 346 at the 2010 census, up from 254 at the 2000 census.

History

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French Gulch was founded by French miners in 1849 and became one of California's major gold producing areas. The town became a major supply place when it became the terminus of the western branch of the California Trail. French Gulch was registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1935.

On August 14, 2004, the entire town of French Gulch was evacuated due to a forest fire which roared out of control through much of Shasta County. The fire burned 13,005 acres and destroyed 26 residences, 1 commercial building, and 76 outbuildings. The evacuation lasted 3 days, allowing residents to return home on August 17, 2004. A total of 1,345 fire personnel helped get the blaze under the control. The cause was never determined.

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