Beckwourth, California

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Beckwourth is a census-designated place (CDP) in Plumas County, California, United States. The population was 342 at the 2000 census. According to the USGS National Geographic Names Database, a variant spelling was Beckwith and its name comes from an early explorer who had changed his name from Beckwith to Beckwourth:

Named for James P. Beckwourth (d.1867), adventurer, trapper, and trail blazer who discovered Beckwourth Pass in 1851. Beckwourth built the first house in the Sierra Valley where he operated an inn and trading post. During the 1850's, Beckwourth Pass was the portal of an immigrant route into California through Lassen, Plumas, Butte and Yuba counties known as the Beckwourth Trail.



Beckwourth is located at 39°49′39″N 120°24′13″W / 39.8275°N 120.40361°W / 39.8275; -120.40361 (39.827528, -120.403710).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30.3 km2), all of it land.

Nervino Airport (FAA identifier: O02 or oh-zero-two) is plotted three quarters of a mile east of Beckwourth along State Route 70 on the Reconnaissance Peak, California 7.5 minute quadrangle. It has a 4,600-foot (1,400 m) runway and is located at 39°49′05″N 120°21′20″W / 39.81806°N 120.35556°W / 39.81806; -120.35556.[2] The US Geological Survey says variant names for the airport are Beckwourth Airport and Plumas County Airport.[3]

State facilities in the town may include a State of California, Department of Water Resources maintenance yard and a Caltrans Maintenance Station. These appear to be collocated, (at the same site).


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