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

Fresno County Then & Now

Fresno Cnty raisinsCreated in 1856 from parts of Merced, Tulare, and Mariposa counties, Fresno County’s initial boundaries were changed several times as it lost territory to the newer county jurisdictions of Mono in 1861, Inyo in 1866, San Benito in 1874, and Madera in 1893. This area in the Central Valley was discovered by Spaniards during a Continue reading Fresno County Then & Now