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Colfax and Dutch Flat
East of Auburn in Placer County, California

Colfax has always been a rail town, a support center on the original transcontinental line, and is still an Amtrak stop. It was the eastern terminus for the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Dutch Flat was known for the largest Chinatown after San Francisco. It is now a tiny town in the pine forest with a cluster of historic buildings.

Wikipedia: Colfax, California
See also: Gold Run, California

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Colfax R.R. Junction and North Main Street

Colfax R.R. Junction and North Main Street

Historic downtown Colfax along old Highway 40, with one of the two railroad stations in town. The building was actually a freight depot and served the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Colfax, California

Date photographed: July 13, 2016

Colfax Amtrak Station and Heritage Museum

Colfax Amtrak Station and Heritage Museum

Always a railroad town, Colfax still has daily California Zephyr train service in both directions. The Colfax Heritage Museum is housed in the 1905 Southern Pacific Railroad Depot.

Colfax, California

Date photographed: July 13, 2016

Railroad crossing in Colfax

Railroad crossing in Colfax

A track maintenance vehicle in Colfax on the original transcontinental railroad.

Colfax, California

Date photographed: July 13, 2016

Historic Gold Rush town of Dutch Flat

Historic Gold Rush town of Dutch Flat

Just a few miles from Interstate 80, Dutch Flat is tiny but worth visiting. Along with nearby Gold Flat and Gold Run, this was a center of hydraulic mining in the decades after the gold rush, leaving scars on the landscape still visible today.

Dutch Flat, California

Date photographed: July 13, 2016

Main Street in Dutch Flat

Main Street in Dutch Flat

The one block long downtown of Dutch Flat steps up a steep hillside. The rest of the town is on a small flat just below.

Dutch Flat, California

Date photographed: July 13, 2016

Dutch Flat Community Center and Methodist Church

Dutch Flat Community Center and Methodist Church

The 1898 Dutch Flat Elementary School is now a community center, opposite the 1861 Methodist Church.

Dutch Flat, California

Date photographed: July 13, 2016

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