Mountain Ranch, California

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Coordinates: 38°13′42″N 120°32′27″W / 38.22833°N 120.54083°W / 38.22833; -120.54083

Mountain Ranch (formerly, El Dorado and El Dorado Town) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Calaveras County, California, United States. The population was 1,557 at the 2000 census. The town is registered as California Historical Landmark #282. The town center is quite small with less than 50 people living in it, the 5 mile square area surround the town accounts for the balance of the population.



Mountain Ranch's post office was established in 1858.[1] In 1868, it was moved to another town called El Dorado Camp 1.5 miles south, as there was already an El Dorado post office in CA, El Dorado Camp became known as Mountain Ranch. Currently, there are 3 post office buildings in the town. The present one, a small post office which was built in 1956, and a post office built in 1923 which was once billed as the worlds smallest post office. The original location of the town of Mountain Ranch also has a historical landmark. The bell on the historical marker was used in the local school from 1885 to 1953. Established as Cave City School District in 1855, this school joined with the Banner District in 1946 to become the El Dorado Union Elementary School District.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 41.3 square miles (106.9 km²), of which, 41.2 square miles (106.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.15%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,557 people, 656 households, and 474 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 37.8 people per square mile (14.6/km²). There were 816 housing units at an average density of 19.8/sq mi (7.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.30% White, 1.41% Black or African American, 1.73% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.58% from other races, and 5.14% from two or more races. 5.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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