Dorrington, California

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Coordinates: 38°18′05″N 120°16′38″W / 38.30139°N 120.27722°W / 38.30139; -120.27722

Dorrington is a census-designated place (CDP) in Calaveras County, California, United States. The population was 727 at the 2000 census. Originally known as Cold Spring Ranch until 1902 (because of an icy spring), the town sits on State Route 4 and historically was a stopping point along the toll road between Murphys and Ebbetts Pass, often serving as a resort for visitors to what is now Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Dorrington is also home to the second largest Sugar Pine in the world, measuring 32 feet (9.7 m) in circumference and 220 feet (67 m) tall.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.5 km²), all of it land.


Originally known as Cold Springs Ranch, the town's name changed upon establishment of the post office in 1902. The name Dorrington was the maiden name of the first postmaster's wife. The post office was discontinued in 1919, but re-established in 1921 and closed for good in 1934.[1]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 727 people, 336 households, and 235 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 197.7 people per square mile (76.3/km²). There were 1,523 housing units at an average density of 414.1/sq mi (159.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.22% White, 0.41% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 2.34% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. 5.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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