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Encyclopedia > Colfax, California

Colfax is a city in Placer County, California, at the crossroads of Interstate 80 and California State Route 174. The population was 1496 at the 2000 census. The town is named in honor of Vice President Schuyler Colfax, whose statue is featured immediately off of Main Street. Some of the town's notable features include the newly restored train depot (which houses a number of shops), the downtown shops on Main Street, and Colfax High School, which serves a large surrounding area. Placer County is a county located in California, USAs Sierra Nevada, in the Gold Country. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Interstate 80 (abbreviated I-80) is the second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States. ... State Route 174 is a state highway in California, USA. It connects Interstate 80 near Colfax to State Route 20 near Grass Valley. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A Depot is usually a centralised store or operating base for logistical use by commercial or governmental bodies. ... Colfax High School is a four-year public high school in Colfax, California. ...

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History

Originally inhabited by the Maidu Indians, by the mid 1800s the city site was known as Alder Grove; however, as development increased the city became known as Illinoistown. Later it was renamed Colfax after then Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax. The city was the southern terminus of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad from 1876 until the railroad’s removal in 1942, and was the eastern terminus of the first transcontinental railroad for many years.(Should read "Western terminus...") Historic U.S. Highway 40 also runs through the city as well as the more modern Interstate 80. The city is mentioned in Jules Verne’s book Around the World in Eighty Days. The Maidu are a group of Native Americans who lived in Northern California. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the House... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The ceremony for the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah, May 10, 1869. ... United States Highway 40 is an east-west United States highway. ... Interstate 80 (abbreviated I-80) is the second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States. ... Jules Verne. ... Around the World in Eighty Days (French: Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873. ...


Geography

Location of Colfax, California

Colfax is located at 39°5′50″N, 120°57′14″W (39.097260, -120.954017)GR1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 km² (1.3 mi²), all land. Image File history File links CAMap-doton-Colfax. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The principal geologic structures present are granitic and metamorphic rock formations. Located approximately one mile west of Colfax is a branch of the Melones Fault, running in north to south direction.(Earth Metrics, 1989) Another branch of the same fault is located about 1.2 miles to the east also aligned in a north south orientation. No movement has been recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey, and the faults are considered inactive. Bunch Creek is an active water source flowing south to eventually confluence with the North Fork of the American River. Geology (from Greek γη- (ge-, the earth) and λογος (logos, word, reason)) is the science and study of the Earth, its composition, structure, physical properties, history, and the processes that shape it. ... Quarrying granite for the Mormon Temple, Utah Territory. ... The term Metamorphic can be associated with a number of meanings:- Metamorphic rock The term for rocks that have been transformed by extreme heat and pressure. ... The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a scientific agency of the United States government. ... Bunch Creek is a stream in Placer County, California, USA. Bunch Creek is a tributary to the North Fork of the American River, which confluence is to the east at 920 feet elevation. ... Look up confluence in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The American River, located in the US state of California, has a prominent place in American history for being the site of Sutters Mill, where gold was found in 1848, leading to the California Gold Rush. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 1,496 people, 614 households, and 394 families residing in the city. The population density was 440.9/km² (1,141.0/mi²). There were 636 housing units at an average density of 187.5/km² (485.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.18% White, 0.60% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 2.34% from other races, and 3.14% from two or more races. 8.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The Hispanic world Hispanic (Spanish: Hispano) is a term denoting a derivation from Spain, its people and culture. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ...


There were 614 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97. “Matrimony” redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $37,391, and the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $37,500 versus $27,708 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,440. About 8.5% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those over 64. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Transportation

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Colfax. The city's passenger rail station is located at 99 Railroad Street in the heart of town. Amtrak Train 5, the westbound California Zephyr, is scheduled to depart Colfax at 12:26pm daily with service to Roseville, Sacramento, Davis, Martinez, and Emeryville across the bay from San Francisco. Amtrak Train 6, the eastbound California Zephyr, is scheduled to depart Colfax at 12:26pm daily with service to Truckee, Reno, Sparks, Winnemucca, Elko, Salt Lake City, Provo, Helper, Green River, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Denver, Omaha, Galesburg, and Chicago. Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... The California Zephyr is a 2438-mile (3924 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. ... Nickname: River City Location of Sacramento in California County Sacramento Government  - Mayor Heather Fargo Area  - City  99. ... The city of Emeryville highlighted within Alameda County Emeryville is a city located in Alameda County, California. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Union Station is a Chicago train station that opened in 1925, replacing an earlier 1881 station, and is now the only intercity rail terminal in Chicago. ...


Attractions

A notable attraction of Colfax used to be the popular restaurant Dingus McGee's, run by Dennis Freidig and Robert "Ol' Bob" Townsend. Dingus McGee's was a classic roadhouse tavern that nestled into the wooded hillside adjacent to Interstate 80; the tavern offered a variety of bar food from chicken wings to calamari, more exotic food like alligator nuggets and served up hefty steak, seafood and pasta entrees. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In November 1990 an image of the Virgin Mary was reported to have miraculously appeared on a wall of St. Dominic's Catholic church. It was later discovered that the image was really a projection caused by the sun passing through a stained glass window. Nevertheless, the Colfax Record (the local newspaper since 1908) reported up to 4000 people on a single Sunday went to view the shadow before it was pointed out to be similar to a Virgin Mary in one of the windows. The term Virgin Mary has several different meanings: Mary, the mother of Jesus, the historical and multi-denominational concept of Mary Blessed Virgin Mary, the Roman Catholic theological and doctrinal concept of Mary Marian apparitions shrines to the Virgin Mary Virgin Mary in Islam, the Islamic theological and doctrinal concept...


Colfax features a restored art deco single screen theater with a small display of historic movie equipment, as well as several bars and coffee shops. Current downtown Colfax was constructed in the 1860's. The Community Center, built during the depression as a school, is an example of streamline modern architecture.


Notes

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Schuyler Colfax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (341 words)
Schuyler Colfax (March 23, 1823–January 13, 1885) was a Representative from Indiana and the 17th Vice President of the United States.
Colfax was a member of the state constitutional convention in 1850 and an unsuccessful Whig candidate for election to the Thirty-second Congress.
Colfax was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1872, owing to charges of corruption in connection with the Crédit Mobilier of America scandal.
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