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Soda Springs is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Nevada County, California, United States. Soda Springs is located 3mi west of Donner Pass. The population was 81 at the 2010 census.The Soda Springs Ski Resort is located just off Highway 80 near the Donner Summit.HistoryMark Hopkins and Leland Stanford set up a resort at the place in the 1880s.The Summit Valley post office opened in 1870, changed its name to Soda Springs in 1875, and closed in 1881, only to be re-opened in 1929. The Hopkins post office operated from 1885 to 1886. Alternately it is reportedly known as Hopkins Springs until the Soda Springs post office was established on March 8, 1875.The Central Pacific Railroad station was named Tinkers Station from 1867 to 1873, commemorating J.A. Tinker. Tinker was a "rough, hard-driving, hard-drinking teamster" who hauled freight between the mines on Forest Hill Divide and Soda Springs.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.DemographicsThe 2010 United States Census reported that Soda Springs had a population of 81. The population density was 238.6 people per square mile (92.1/km²). The racial makeup of Soda Springs was 79 (97.5%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 2 (2.5%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 0 (0.0%) from other races, and 0 (0.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7 persons (8.6%).
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