West Point, California

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Coordinates: 38°23′57″N 120°31′39″W / 38.39917°N 120.5275°W / 38.39917; -120.5275

West Point (formerly, Indian Gulch and Westpoint) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Calaveras County, California, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the CDP population was 746. The town is registered as California Historical Landmark #268. There is an annual West Point Lumberjack Days festival in the community. Walton's Mountain Winery & Vineyard is West Point's First Winery that opened in 2006.



West Point was originally the name of a camp established here by scout Kit Carson, who was searching for a pass over the Sierra Nevada.[1] The town was originally named Indian Gulch when founded in 1852; the name was changed to West Point in 1854.[1] The first post office was opened in 1856, the name changed to Westpoint in 1895 and changed back to West Point in 1947.[1]

One emigrant road forked by Big Meadows — its north branch came directly to West Point, which was a thriving trading post prior to the gold discovery. Author Bret Harte lived there for a time.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 746 people, 305 households, and 203 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 199.4 people per square mile (77.0/km²). There were 345 housing units at an average density of 92.2/sq mi (35.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 82.04% White, 1.21% Black or African American, 8.18% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 2.82% from other races, and 5.09% from two or more races. 8.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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