Madera County Then & Now

Madera Cnty Devils PostpileA special election in 1893 mandated the formation of Madera County, created from a portion of Fresno County. It is located at the geographic center of California.  As early as 1849 settlements had been established along the San Joaquin and Fresno rivers by gold miners, and a number of quartz mines operated in the 1870s Continue reading Madera County Then & Now

Lake County Then & Now

Lake Cnty - Clear LakeLocated in the north central portion of the state, Lake County was formed in 1861 from parts of Napa and Mendocino counties, but the area had European-American settlers from at least the 1840s. It takes its name from Clear Lake, the largest natural lake wholly within California. At California’s admission to statehood in 1850 Continue reading Lake County Then & Now