Yuba County Then & Now

yuba-cnty-yellow-mariposa-lilyEstablished in 1850 as one of California’s first 27 counties, Yuba lost lands within its original borders to Nevada and Placer counties in 1851, and Sierra County in 1852.  Three ranchos—Theodore Cordua’s Honcut Rancho north of Marysville, John Sutter’s Nueva Helvetia, and William Johnson’s ranch on the Bear Continue reading Yuba County Then & Now

Yolo County Then & Now

Yolo Cnty- Port of SacThe geographical area of today’s Yolo County remains substantially the same as when it was established in 1850 as one of California’s original counties. It contained several ranchos and its first county seat was in Fremont, founded in 1849, a town which grew rapidly with miners passing through on their way to the gold Continue reading Yolo County Then & Now

Ventura County Then & Now

Ventura Cnty - Ventura PierAlthough it had been the site of a California Mission since 1782, the area that split away from Santa Barbara County to become Ventura County on January 1, 1873 was mostly isolated by unique geological characteristics when California was awarded statehood in 1850. It did, however, boast the town of San Buenaventura that Continue reading Ventura County Then & Now

Tulare County Then & Now

Tulare Cnty Kings Canyon natl parkCarved out in 1852 from a portion of Mariposa County, Tulare County is named for a lake discovered in 1772 by Spaniard Pedro Fages.  Because the lake he saw was filled with cattail-like reeds and surrounded by marshes, he named it Los Tulares (the tules).  Once the largest freshwater lake west of the Great Lakes until it was Continue reading Tulare County Then & Now

Tehama County Then & Now

Tehama - Red Bluff RoundupTehama County was organized in 1856 from parts of Colusa, Butte, and Shasta counties.  “Tehama” is believed to be an Indian word, but authorities disagree on the meaning, which has variously been interpreted as “high water,” “low land,” “salmon,” or “shallow.” Peter Lassen had owned the Rancho Bosquejo, Continue reading Tehama County Then & Now