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Dobbins is an unincorporated town in Yuba County. It is located south of Challenge, southwest of Greenville and Bullards Bar Reservoir, east of Oregon House, and southeast of Frenchtown. It has a population of 1,280 (as of a 2009 estimate). Its elevation is 1,742 feet. The average annual rainfall is 50.1 inches and average annual snowfall is 3.5 inches. The average high temperature in July is 92.4°, and the average low temperature in January is 33.6°.

The native plant community of Dobbins is yellow pine forest.

Dobbins is in the 95935 zip code.


As of a July 2007 estimate1, residents' median age was 46 years.

90.0% of residents were white and non-Hispanic, followed by 3.0% of residents who were Native American.

Of residents 25 or older, 84.2% had at least a high school degree, 24.3% had at least a bachelor's degree, and 7.7% had a graduate or professional degree. Dobbins has the second-highest proportion of 4-year college graduates in the Yuba-Sutter area (after Nicolaus).

Of residents 15 or older, 58.4% were married.

For employed residents, the average travel time to work was 39 minutes.

The 2008 median home price was $201,950.


During the Gold Rush, Dobbins was a major stopping point for arriving miners. It had brothels, over fifty saloons, and even a bowling alley. After the Gold Rush, the local economy depended on the lumber mill in nearby Camptonville. When the lumber mill shut down, most of the population moved away. The History of Yuba County, California (Chapter XXXI: Foster Bar Township) by Thompson & West, 1879, described Dobbins this way:

William M. Dobbins and his brother, Mark D. Dobbins, settled on the creek that bears their name in 1849. William Dobbins when quite young participated in Commodore Perry's memorable engagement on Lake Erie, and at the time of his death in 1876, was the last surviving witness of that historic contest. He was elected Justice of this region in 1849, and was later County Clerk. In 1856, he went East as a delegate to the National Convention that nominated Buchanan for the Presidency, and never returned to this coast. After passing through the hands of several parties the ranch came into the possession of Joseph Merriam, its present owner, in 1862. A store was started by Charles Craft and some others on the Yuba Ranch one mile above this place. In 1867, Slingsby & Gettins opened a store here, and now supply the surrounding country, keeping a pack train upon the road continually. William Slingsby, the senior partner, is Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. A blacksmith shop is kept by L. S. Camper. Dobbins' Ranch is beautifully situated in a lovely valley more than one mile in width, lying in the foothills of the Sierras. Fruit is raised in large quantities. The school district was formed by a division of the Indiana district in 1855 and a school house was built one mile from the ranch. Religious services are held by the Catholic Father from Marysville every few weeks at the residence of James McMenomy.

William Slingsby, mentioned in the excerpt above, also served as postmaster of Dobbins for many years. His wife, Mary McMenamin Slingsby, was a teacher and accountant in Dobbins.

Martha Matilda Scott Clark Griffith was a nurse who owned a 240-acre livestock farm near Dobbins.



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Dobbins Post Office. Photo by queerbychoice.

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Dobbins entry on Wikipedia Sperling's Best Places: Dobbins


1. Sperling's Best Places: Dobbins