Shasta County Then & Now

Shasta Cnty Sundial BridgeWhen it was established in 1850 upon statehood, Shasta County abutted Oregon and covered 20,000 square miles—about five times its present size—including land that was later separated into Modoc, Siskiyou, and Lassen counties.  It was named after Mount Shasta, which was originally within the county boundaries but Continue reading Shasta County Then & Now

Santa Clara County Then & Now

Santa Clara Winchester HoueEstablished as an original California county upon statehood in 1850, Santa Clara’s boundaries encompassed a portion of present-day Alameda County, the Mission Santa Clara, the township of Gilroy, a port at Alviso, the quicksilver mining settlement of New Almaden,  the city of San Jose, which was serving at the state Continue reading Santa Clara County Then & Now

Santa Barbara County Then & Now

Santa Barbara SisquocAs formed in 1850 as one of California’s original counties, Santa Barbara included present-day Ventura County and small portions of Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo counties. It consisted of Santa Barbara, a former mission/presidio town established 1782-1786, two other former missions, and 38 ranchos, a number of Continue reading Santa Barbara County Then & Now