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

Stanislaus County Then & Now

Stanislaus - Knights FerryStanislaus County was organized in 1854 from the western portion of Tuolumne County but its triangular northeastern portion, which includes Knights Ferry, was annexed from San Joaquin County in 1860. It is named in honor of Chief Estanislao, a mission- educated Indian who led a band of his people in a series Continue reading Stanislaus County Then & Now

Sonoma County Then & Now

Sonoma Cnty Fort RossWhen it was established in 1850 Sonoma County was home to a few native Californios, and a larger number of Americans and Europeans who had settled there after trying their luck in the gold fields.  Comprised of coastal plains and three valleys divided by hills and mountains, the county contained the former Mission San Continue reading Sonoma County Then & Now