Plumas County, California

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Plumas County is a county located in the Sierra Nevada of the U.S. state of California. The county gets its name from the Spanish words for the Feather River (Río de las Plumas), which flows through the county. As of 2000, the population was 20,824. The county seat is Quincy.

The only incorporated city in the county is Portola, other towns are CDPs.



The Spanish originally called one of the tributaries of the Sacramento River El Rio de las Plumas or the "River of Feathers." The Legislature, in creating this county, gave it the name "Plumas" because all of the numerous branches of the Feather River have their origins in its mountains.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,613 square miles (6,769 km²), of which 2,554 square miles (6,614 km²) is land and 60 square miles (155 km²) (2.29%) is water.

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