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Negro Bar Creek is a creek that is about one mile long and flows into Harry L. Englebright Lake about five miles south of Oregon House. The actual bar (on the Yuba River) that was called Negro Bar is now submerged under the lake (which was artificially created by a dam on the river). The bar was listed as "Negro Bar" on 1851 maps and in the History of Yuba County, California (Chapter XXXI: Foster Bar Township) by Thompson & West, 1879, which remarked, "This was once a lively mining camp, occupied first by negroes. A company of white men and some Chinamen are working here now." However, on the United States Geological Survey's 1922 map, the "N-word" was used in the name of the bar.1


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