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Greenville is an unincorporated town in Yuba County. It is located southeast of Challenge, northeast of Dobbins, and west of Bullards Bar Reservoir. Its elevation is 2,182 feet.

The native plant community of Greenville is yellow pine forest, with a high concentration of serpentine especially in areas to the north and northwest of town.

The U.S. Postal Service sometimes lists addresses in Greenville as being in Challenge, because they are both in the 95925 zip code. However, on the Yuba-Sutter Wiki, we prefer listing the more specific location Greenville.


Greenville had its own post office from 1857 to 1860.1 The History of Yuba County, California (Chapter XXXI: Foster Bar Township) by Thompson & West, 1879, described Greenville this way:

This little town is situated in a small basin on Oregon creek and was once called "Oregon Hill." It is thirty-five miles from Marysville, on the Foster Bar Turnpike. This place was first worked in 1850, but did not become well developed until the construction of the Nine Horse Ditch. The company that constructed this ditch was composed of nine members, and in order to let it be known that it was no "one horse" affair, they named it the "Nine Horse Ditch." A hotel was kept by T. C. Prewett; a store owned by Murphy & Jones was kept by J. Lawrence. The first school was opened in 1861, and taught by Miss Henley. In 1868, a school house was erected at a cost of two thousand dollars, and the Greenville district was formed. The town has now about eighty inhabitants.


Main Roads

  • Oregon Hill Road


Greenville entry on Wikipedia


1. California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State by David L. Durham. Word Dancer Press, 1998