Del Norte County Then & Now

Del Norte Battery PointLocated in the northwestern-most corner of California, in 1857 Del Norte County was carved from a portion of Klamath County (which itself was established in 1851 but then disestablished in 1876). The first explorer to reach the area overland was famed mountaineer Jedediah Smith in the late 1820s, a time before Continue reading Del Norte County Then & Now

Calaveras County Then & Now

Calaveras Big TreesCalaveras was one of the original 27 counties established in 1850.  Calaveras is the Spanish word for skulls; it is said that the county derived its name from the remains of Native Americans discovered by the Spanish explorer Captain Gabriel Moraga. Bordered by the Mokelumne and Stanislaus Rivers, the region was a popular gold- Continue reading Calaveras County Then & Now

Contra Costa County Then & Now

Contra Costa Mt. DiabloOne of the original counties created in 1850, Contra Costa’s Spanish language name means “opposite coast,” because of its location opposite San Francisco, in an easterly direction, on San Francisco Bay. Southern portions of its original territory were given up to form Alameda County in 1853.  At inception two of its Continue reading Contra Costa County Then & Now

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