Magalia, CA 95954
Magalia (formerly Butte Mills and Dogtown) is a census-designated place (CDP). The population was 11,310 at the 2010 census. Originally established after the 1849 California Gold Rush as a mining camp, the town was first called Mountain View. A dog breeding operation started in 1850 which led to the name Dogtown. A post office opened in 1857, which was shared with the adjacent settlement of Mill City; the two eventually united. In 1861 the name was changed to Magalia. On April 12, 1859, at the Willard Claim, a hydraulic mine in the Feather River Canyon northeast of the town, a 54-pound gold nugget was discovered, the largest in the world at the time. Dubbed the "Dogtown nugget", it made the town famous. According to the United States Census Bureau, the total area of 14.1 square miles, all of it land. The soil, deep reddish-brown loam for the most part, supports forest dominated by tall incense cedar and bull pine.
The zip code for this area is 95954.