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History of Colusa County

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Colusa County Gazette 1850-2000
Sesquicentennial Edition

Excerpt Contributed by Mike Ferraiuolo

A Little Bit of History.....

“Colusa County was established in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties created by the first state Legislature. It once encompassed all of what is now Glenn County and a portion of Tehama County. In 1891 the counties of Glenn and Colusa were split. Records prior to 1891 are still maintained in Colusa County and those pertaining to Glenn County after the split can be found at the Glenn County Recorder's Office. 

Colusa is centrally located approximately 70 miles north of Sacramento. Interstate 5 offers a north/south route through the county. We are approximately 1 hour from downtown Sacramento, 2 hours from San Francisco, 3 hours from the Fort Bragg-Mendocino coastline and 2 1/2 hours from Lake Tahoe. 

Colusa County's economy is based on agriculture and agricultural related businesses. As you travel throughout the basin floor, you'll see a variety of crops such as pistachios, asian pears, almonds, prunes, walnuts, wine grapes, tomatoes, rice, corn, cotton, safflower, wheat, beans, sunflowers, melons, alfalfa, pumpkins, onions, etc. Our country roads are lined with various waterways, natural and man-made, where you'll see an abundance of wildlife, including, but not limited to: blue herons, cranes, pheasants, hawks, ducks, geese, swans, raccoons, possums, fox and deer. 

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city living and come visit Colusa County!

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Colusa County was created February 1850. It was named after two Mexican land grants: Coluses (1844), and Colus (1845). The name of the county in the original state legislative act was spelled Colusi, and often in newspapers was spelled Coluse. The word is derived from the name of an Indian tribe living on the west side of the Sacramento River. 

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“Firsts” in Colusa County

Colusa County Gazette 1850-2000
Sesquicentennial Edition

Excerpt Contributed by Mike Ferraiuolo

  • 1846 - First Settler - William Bryant
  • 1849 - First Mining Laws Passed
  • 1852 - First Grand Jury Impaneled
  • 1856 - First Hanging
  • 1862 - First Newspaper Started (Weekly Colusa Sun)
  • 1874 - First Map of Colusa County was drawn by J.B. DeJarnatt (Original Map is in the County Archives)
  • 1878 - First Telephone Introduced in Colusa County
  • 1906 First Chamber of Commerce Organized

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Early Residents Who Paid Poll-tax in the
County in the Year 1852

“As of 1891 there were not six of the below that still resided in the county. They were either scattered over the State, or for the most part joined the silent majority."  From The History of Colusa County by Justus Rogers, published in 1891.

Order as written.

Allen, John, - Abbe, S. K. - Arnold, S. K. - Allen, William - Adams, J. M. - Alsap, G. - Amente, A. - Andrews, William - Allen, D. H. - Ashbrook, Thomas - Annable, H. W. - Allison, J. B. - Bradley, J. W

Burges, Thomas - Black, James - Brownell, James - Brownell, James A. - Blethen, J. L. -Brite, M.H. - Barton, T. - Bailey, J. M. - Bigelow, D. - Bartlett, E. - Burns, A. - Bills, John - Betts, J. M. - Brackenridge, J. - Barrows, H. D. - Barge, F. F. - Bailey, J. S. - Bell, R. S. -

Careland, L. - Chard, W. G. - Cary, J. M. - Craig, J. S. - Cardy, Charles - Cain, P. E. - Castle, Michael  - Climer, S. T.  - Carpenter, A.D. - Clark, William - Cain, Isaac N. - Connell, M. L. - Chapin, Fred S. - Clement, Joseph, - Craft, George - Cizer, H. - Cardwell, H. G. - Cusic, Sam - Culbertson, R. F. - Cunningham, J. H. - Cornwall, D. W. - Champion, J. - Cleek, Andrew S. C. - Cunningham, W. S. - Canton, Joseph - Cheney, L. -

Dodge, Gilbert - Dix, Thomas - Derrick, A. - Dibble, Jerome  - Dristoll, William - Duarte, T. - Denbita, Jose - Dias, M. - David, G. -

Estrada, Lucas - Edwards, J. P. - Ebblie, John, - Evans, C. - Ellis, A. R. - Eastman, Augustus - Ervin, James - Earthman, L. H. - Eddy, Thomas -

Fitch, John - Fort, A. J. - Featherly, John - Folgert, David - Fox, G. W.  - Ferry, A. H. - Ford, H. L. - Foster, Albert, - Finch, L. - Fisher, W. R. - Fundy, A. - Flagg, William - Freeman, James E. -

Green, Isaac - Graham, Hiram - Graham, Ed - Graham, J. - Gray, Thomas C. - Gibbs, James F. - Grimes, C. - Grimes, E. - Gibbs, L. - Gallagher, J. - Grigatra, V. - Gregory, D. S. - Gregory, John - Goodwin, Allen -

Hambright, Robert - Hatch, Cutter - Hambright, Ben  - Hartman, J. J. - Holland, Charles - Huls, J. C. - Huntoon, D. C. - Hall, Willis - Hopkins, Joseph - Helm, James - Hammers, John - Hamilton, David - Harris, J. B. - Horning, Lewis L. Hulbert, H. P. - Hall, Newell - Hill, James - Hall, Allen - Horton, L. R. - Hall, M. S. - Hobday, E. J. - Hulsy, Charles - Hoffenshan, R. - Hulsy, Allen - Hyde, Warren - Hull, E. H. - Hicks, Thomas - Healy, L. B.  - Hansen, R. - Holliday, A. M. - Haggart, D. E. - Henry, Richard -

Isbell, William, Ide, J. M. - Ide, W. H. -

Johnson, W. H. - Johnson, William - Judd, O. D. - Jarnagin, Joseph - Johnson, J. C. - Johnson, Lewis - Knight, Ben - King, M. C. - King, Frame - King, Thomas R. - Kelly, John -

Logan, George M. - Lukins, W. S. - Lucas, Ed - Logan, David - Lewis, Arthur - Ladd, L D.  - Long, Jack - Lewis, John - Lawton, David - Lott, A. - Lowe, James - Larnesso, C.  - Lameren, Simon - Lewis, Charles

McClure, P. - McGinley, John - Malarka, Dave - Miner, P L. - Markham, W. R. - Montigue, A. - McClung, Silas - Marr, J. T. - McCune, W. F. - McGilton, William - Malthy, R. R. - Middleton, Thomas - Moon, W. C. - McClung, S. H. - Marr, J. T. - McCune, W. F. - McGilton, William - Malthy, R. R. - Middleton, Thomas - Moon, W. C. - Merhart, J. C. - Merrill, N. - McKappi, J. P. - Mesman, H. - Miller, Joseph - Matthews, John, - McClanahan, Thomas - McCanly, John - Mix, A. A. - Montgomery, Wells -

Neal, John - Noble, William - Norton, Ed  - Naylor, J. N. - Nelson, C.

Owens, R. T. - Owens, N. W. -

Paradao, Ignacio - Parbot, George, R. - Pease, C. W. - Pike, H. A. - Peters, John - Plant, P. - Pervere, J. M. - Plaison, G. N. - Payne, Robert - Price, Isaac - Plummer, Ben - Prince, Richard - Packer, Elmon - Pickett, Charles E. - Pierce, Andrew -

Quinn, Mark -

Rowe, G. W. - Russell, Albert - Roberts, Jonathan - Ross, Joseph  - Rand, Isaac H. - Rankin, William - Riddle, James W. - Robinson, W. S. - Rice, S.S. - Ramsdell, S. L - Ribler, P. - Rowe, I. - Ross, W.G. - Reynolds, R. H. - Reager, Martin A. -

Snyder, David - Shanesy, P. W. - Semple, C. D. - Smith, W. H. - Shurr, William - Stiles, George - Stover, S. - Snoddy, J. N. - Sanborn, L. H. - Stewart, J. M. - Snowden, J. M. - Stiffler, A. G. - Swift, William - Swift, Granville P. - Stackpole, Charles - Shipton, William - Salisbury, Robert - Spangle, William - Smith, N. Proctor -

Tibbett, William - Tooms, A. G. - Thomas, R. H. - Taylor, L. G. - Thorp, L. - Tucker, Thomas I. - Turner, J. C. -

Vandroff, John -

Walden,___  - White, L. L. - Warren, R. E. - Willis, J. F. - Wesson, R. - Wesson, Joseph - Watrese, N. - White, W. C. - Welch, C. D. - Williams, Ira - Woodfine, J. R. - White, Ben - Weston, J. W. - Wellington, J. B. - Ward, H. C. - Wilson, H. C. - Waldo, L. C. - Willis, W. E. - Walsh, Richard - Wolverton, A. - Williams, Jarratt  -

Yates, James.

Contents contributed to the Colusa County GenWeb - March 2009

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