Wheatland, one of only two incorporated cities in Yuba County, is nestled at the northeastern edge of California's vast central Sacramento Valley. It is located 34 miles north of Sacramento, 107 miles northeast of San Francisco and 417 miles north of Los Angeles. Wheatland is home to many Beale Air Force Base personnel.
Wheatland is located at the gateway of California's "Mother Lode" gold rush country and has a vast and colorful history. This was the first settlement reached in California by emigrant wagon trains using the Overland Emigrant Trail (now known as the Donner Trail). The area was an original part of the 1844 Don Pablo Gutiérrez land grant but was later sold at auction to William Johnson in 1845. The survivors of the ill-fated Donner Party were brought to the Johnson Ranch after being rescued in 1846. In 1849, part of the ranch was set aside as the government reserve Camp Far West. In 1866, the town of Wheatland was laid out on a portion of the grant.
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