The Plumas House was the center of Quincy’s social scene for decades until it burned in 1923. The town of Quincy still resembles its roots as a Gold Rush town that began in 1854. James Bradley was the first to settle the town and named it after his hometown of Quincy, Illinois. Elizabethtown was an adjacent mining camp until it gradually disappeared into what would become the town of Quincy several years later.
Quincy is a small mountain town with a population of less than 2,000 people. As the largest town in Plumas County, Quincy serves as the county seat. It is also distinguished by being the only town in the county with two traffic lights. The town is also known for its preservation of historic buildings, many of them built in the 1920s.
Quincy showcases the arts through its historical murals, art shows and musicals. The annual High Sierra Music Festival started in 1990, is held in early July and draws as many as 10,000 music lovers. Visitor accommodations consist of bed and breakfast inns, motels and campgrounds.
Plumas County is located in the northeast part of California where the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges meet. The Feather River Canyon within the boundaries of Plumas County features spring wildflowers and cascading waterfalls over the steep canyon walls along its national scenic byway. Visitors have their choices of 100 lakes, 1,000 miles of rivers and streams, and more than 1 million acres of natural forest. Recreational activities include hiking, cycling, swimming and other water sports, camping and much more. Summer temperatures range from moderate daytime temperatures in the 80s to cooler evenings in the 50s.
For more information about the history of Quincy and Plumas County, visit the Plumas County Museum. The historical marker recognizing the site of the the Plumas House is located at the southwest corner of Main and Court Street in Quincy.
El Rio de las Plumas, “The river of feathers,” lends its name to Plumas County. Captain Luis Arguello named the river, having been impressed by the many floating feathers on the water. Plumas County also contains Beckwourth Pass, the lowest summit of the High Sierra, which quickly became a favorite route of wagon trains.