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Lake Washington (6)(7) South of the Port of Sacramento and north of Jefferson Boulevard today. (7)

In the past Lake Washington was called Washington Lake.(6) According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Lake Washington is located at 383322N, 1213244W, Sacramento West.

Lamb Valley (7) West side of Capay Valley According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Lamb Valley is located at 384108N, 1220319W, Esparto.
Lamb Valley Slough (7) West side of Capay Valley According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Lamb Valley Slough is located at 384140N, 1220201W, Esparto.
Langs Peak (9) Northwestern portion of Yolo County According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Langs Peak is located at 385402N, 1222110W, Glascock Mountain.
Langville (1)(3)(5) Road 16 north to south at the mouth of Capay Valley about 20 miles northwest of Woodland Langville was laid out in 1874. Langville’s name was changed to Capay about 1889.
Laugenour (3)(4)(5) *   According to the 1920 Yolo Co. map, Laugenour was in the Grafton District.
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Laugenour on Grays Bend map.(11)
Leeman (5) * Road 117 today. Listed on USGS Sacramento West Map.(11)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Leeman on Sacramento West map.(11)
Liwaito Listed on USGS Winters map.(11) Early Wintun settlement.(11)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Liwaito on Winters map.(11)
Lisbon (1)(4) * State Hwy. #99/Jefferson Road today; 3 miles upstream from Clarksburg. (1) Lisbon’s settlers were mainly Portuguese from the Azores. (1)pg.30 Today known as Arcade.(11)
Little Blue Ridge (7) Northwestern portion of Yolo County According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Little Blue Ridge is located at 385307N, 1222301W, Wilson Valley.
Little Buckeye Creek (7) North central part of Yolo County up to the Colusa County border According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Little Buckeye Creek is located at 385516N, 1220021W, Wildwood School.
Little Lake (6) In the 1871 Yolo County map, Little Lake is shown west of Washington Lake and west of what is today the town of Clarksburg. (6)(7)  
Little Salt Canyon (7) Northeastern portion of Yolo County According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Little Salt Canyon is located at 385001N, 1220656W, Bird Valley.
Lordale (5)   Is Lordale the same as Lovdal?
Lovdal (3)(4)(7) East central portion of Yolo County; Sacramento River (7); Road 117 today
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Lovdal on Sacramento West map. (11)
Lund [INDEX] Listed on USGS Liberty Island map.(11)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Lund on Liberty Island map. (11)
Madison (1)(3)(4)(7) Hwy. No. 50 in the past/Road 16 today The map for Madison was recorded in 1877.(1) According to the 1920 Yolo Co. map, Madison was in the Cottonwood District.
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Madison on Madison map. (11)
  • According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Madison is located at 384046N, 1215802W, Madison.
  • Esparto District Chamber of Commerce (serving Madison, Esparto, Capay , Brooks, Guinda and Rumsey)
  • Brief history and map of Madison presented by the Esparto District Chamber of Commerce. (Scroll down.)
Magnolia Canal (9) West of Road 94B According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Magnolia Canal is located at 384150N, 1215026W, Woodland.
Maple Canal (7) West and south of Woodland  
Marty (3)(5) * Road 117 today According to the 1920 Yolo Co. map, Marty was in the Washington District.
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Marty on Taylor Monument map. (11)
McKinney Canyon (7)(9) West side of Capay Valley According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, McKinney Canyon is located at 384625N, 1221119W, Guinda.
Merritt (1)(3)(4)(7)(8)   State Hwy. #7 in the past; today along Road 113 (north/south) and Roads 27 and 29 (east/west); south of Woodland Merritt was previously known as Merritt Township. Merritt Township was created in 1860. According to the 1920 Yolo Co. map, Merritt was in the Woodland District.
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Merritt on Merritt map. (11)
  • According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Merritt is located at 383651N, 1214534W, Merritt.
Merritt's Bridge (3) In the southeastern portion of Yolo County, south of Clarksburg, north of the convergence of the Sacramento River and Elk Slough  
Merritt Island (1)(3)(7) In the southeastern portion of Yolo County, south of Clarksburg, between the Sacramento River and Elk Slough Merritt Island was bordered by Sutter Slough, Elk Slough, and the Sacramento River. In 1870 Elk Slough had no running water in the summer. The island was about 8 miles long and averaged 2 miles across. According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Merritt Island is located at 382208N, 1213206W, Courtland.
Mikon Listed on U.S.G.S. Sacramento West map.(11)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Mikon on Sacramento West map. (11)
  • According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Mikon is located at 383515N, 1213214W, Sacramento West.
Millar (5) * Road 38 today  
Missouri Bend (7) Northeastern portion of Yolo County; Sacramento River According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Missouri Bend is located in Sutter County, 385151N, 1214531W, Eldorado Bend.
Monticello Dam (2) Built at the meeting place of Yolo, Napa, and Solano Counties at the head of Putah Canyon. Monticello Dam was a federal reclamation project completed in 1957. The dam impounds the Putah Creek waters to form Lake Berryessa. It is operated by Solano County and managed by the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation. Monticello dam was built at Devil's Gate, a rock outcropping that lies at the mouth of Putah Canyon where Yolo, Napa and Solano Counties meet. The dam caused water to cover old Spanish adobes and the old stage-stop town of Monticello.(2) (AKA Berryessa Dam)

  • Putah - Cache Circumdrive (Putah Creek, Davis to Lake Beryessa) provided by The Putah-Cache Bioregion Project
  • Map (Click on #6 for further information)
  • According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Monticello Dam is located in Napa County, 383048N, 1220611W, Monticello Dam.
Monument Hill *   According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Monument Hill is located at 384044N, 1215127W, Woodland.
Moore's Canal (2) *  Constructed on Gordon's Ranch in the late 1850s (2) East and southeast of Gordon's Grant today (7) Moore's Canal was also known as Moore Canal. (7) According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Moore's Canal is located at 384000N, 1215036W, Woodland.
Moore's Dam (5) * On Cache Creek in central Yolo County Road 16 north to south According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Moore's Dam is located at 384113N, 1215405W, Madison.
Moore's Ditch (3)(6) * On Cache Creek, east of Gordon's Grant Moore's Ditch was also known as Woodland Agricultural Ditch.
Moore's Slough (6) * On Cache Creek, east of Gordon's Grant  
Morgan's Landing   Morgan's Landing also known as Folsom Dam.(11)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Morgan's Landing on Courtland map. (11)
  • According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Morgan's Landing is located at 381942N, 1213429W, Courtland.
Mullen (3)(4)(5) * State Hwy. #7 in the past/ Road 113 today According to the 1920 Yolo Co. map, Mullen was in the Woodland District.
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Mullen on Woodland map. (11)
Munchville (1) * In Capay Valley Munchville was later known as Langville, Capay City, and Capay.(11)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Munchville/Capay (11)
Murphy Canyon (7) Northwestern portion of Yolo County northeast of Capay Valley According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Murphy Canyon is located at 385254N, 1220755W, Rumsey.
Mushoak Creek (7) [INDEX] Northeastern portion of Yolo County According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Mushoak Creek is located at 385254N, 1220340W, Wildwood School.
Nelson's Bridge (3) * About 3 miles north of Woodland near Cache Creek  
Newtown (3)(4) * State Hwy. #99 in the past/ Jefferson Road today According to the 1920 Yolo Co. map, Newtown was in the Clarksburg District.
Norton (3)(4)(5)(7) [INDEX] Road 89 today According to the 1920 Yolo Co. map, Norton was in the Winters District. Norton was also known as Ely.(11)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Norton on Winters map. (11)
  • According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Norton is located at 383510N, 1215812W, Winters.
Oak Creek, North Fork (7) Northeastern portion of Yolo County  
Oak Creek, South Fork (7) Northeastern portion of Yolo County  
Oak Hall Bend (7) East central portion of Yolo County; Sacramento River  
Oat Hollow (6) * Northeast of the Hungry Hollow District  
Oat Valley (1)(7) Along the Benicia-Colusa Road west of Prairie (1)pg.33 West of Dunnigan Hills in the northeastern portion of Yolo County (7) By the 1870s Oat Valley area attracted Protestant German settlers. According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Oat Valley is located at 384936N, 1215606W, Zamora.
Oxford Slough (7) [INDEX] Southeastern Yolo County in the panhandle crossing the borders of Yolo and Solano Counties The Oxford Slough of today appears to be the Duck Slough that is shown in the 1870 Yolo County map.
Pace Flat (7) Northeast of Capay Valley in the northwestern portion of Yolo County According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Pace Flat is located at 385211N, 1221028W, Guinda.
Palmer Canyon (7)(9) Northwestern portion of Yolo County; west side of Capay Valley According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Palmer Canyon is located at 384514N, 1221042W, Guinda.
Parker Canyon (7) West side of Capay Valley According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Parker Canyon is located at 384035N, 1220442W, Esparto.
Parsons Canyon (9) Northwestern portion of Yolo County; west side of Capay Valley According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Parsons Canyon is located at 383932N, 1220802W, Brooks.
Peart (3)(4) * State Hwy. 87/ Road 113 & north of there today In 1920 Peart was either in the Grafton District or the Cacheville District.
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Peart on Woodland map. (11)
Peethill Listed on USGS Sacramento West map.(11)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Peethill on Sacramento West map. (11)
  • According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Peethill is located at 383503N, 1213116W, Sacramento West.
Perkins Canyon (7) Southwestern portion of Yolo County According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Perkins Canyon is located at 383744N, 1220038W, Esparto.
Petroleum Creek (7) North central part of Yolo County; near and crosses the Colusa County border According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Petroleum Creek is located at 385717N, 1220046W, Wildwood School.
Pine Cañon (3) * Pine Cañon originates in Buckeye Township in the first range of hills Pine Cañon empties water during the winter into Salt Arroyo.
Pine Creek (7) Southwestern corner of Yolo County  
Plainfield (3)(6)(7) About 7½ mi. south of Woodland on Road 29 (east/west) between Roads E7 and 99 (north/south) "Plainfield" was also used to describe the area around that community south of Dry Slough. Another place name in the area was referred to as Plainfield Schoolhouse.
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Plainfield on Merritt map. (11)
  • According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Plainfield is located at 383527N, 1214745W, Merritt.
Plumtree Listed on USGS Sacramento West map.(11)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Plumtree on Sacramento West map. (11)
Pocket Gulch (9) Northwestern portion of Yolo County According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Pocket Gulch is located at 385435N, 1221644W, Glascock Mountain.
Pole Bridge Canyon (9) Northwestern portion of Yolo County According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Pole Bridge Canyon is located at 385412N, 1221543W, Glascock Mountain.
Portuguese Bend (7) Northeastern portion of Yolo County on the Sacramento River According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Portuguese Bend is located at 384742N, 1214129W, Knights Landing.
Prairie District, The (1)(6) * Northwest of Cacheville (1)pg. 48 Early settlers called the area northwest of Cacheville "The Prairie," and there was a post office established at Weyand's Corners in 1857. On the 1871 Yolo Co. map, Prairie is listed as the post office for West Grafton.
Putah-Cache Bioregion - Watershead   The information on Yolo and other counties in this bioregion, comes from The Putah-Cache Bioregion Project page: "The Putah-Cache Bioregion is a sub-region of California's Central Valley Bioregion. This sub-region begins just west of Sacramento, extending into the California Coast Range, and encompasses roughly 2500 square miles. Three watersheds make it up: Cache Creek, beginning with feeder streams north of Clear Lake in the Coast Range, flowing through the Capay Valley, and through Woodland in the Central Valley; Putah Creek, which begins at Cobb Mountain in the Coast Range, flows into Lake Berryessa, makes its way through the Monticello Dam outflow, and thence into Winters and Davis in the Central Valley; and Willow Slough, which drains the Rocky Ridge on the eastern edge of the Coast Range as well as the area of the Central Valley between Cache Creek and Putah Creek. All the watersheds now end in the Yolo Bypass, an overflow channel for the Sacramento River."
Please click on the project name for more information on the bioregion's climate, water, flora and fauna, land use, ecological history, and a bibliography.

Putah Canyon (2) * 7 mi. west of Winters on SR 128 In the upper canyon, there were stone quarries which supplied grinding stones for grist mills starting in 1846. Stone from these quarries was also used in the construction of many buildings. One of the quarries was the Bertholet quarry. (2) pp. 537
Putah Creek (1)(2) Putah Creek flows from the summit of Mount Cobb in Big Cañon in Lake County into Yolo County just below Devil's Gate, at the site of the present-day Monticello Dam. (1) pg. 10
Putah Creek Sinks (7) East of Riverview and the Sacramento River Deep Water Channel According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Putah Creek Sinks is located at 383052N, 1213606W, Sacramento West.
Putah Creek Turnpike * (2)(3) 7 mi. west of Winters on SR 128 Putah Creek Turnpike is in Putah Canyon. It is an early toll road to the Berryessa Valley, which was operated by the Adam See family from 1858 to 1875.
Putah Dam (6) Southeast of Woodland.  
Putah District (4) Southeastern portion of Yolo County and down into the west side of the panhandle According to the 1920 Yolo Co. map, the Putah District included: Davis, Swingle, Webster, Chiles, and Saxon.
Putah Township (3) [INDEX]    
Racetrack (5) State Hwy. #7 in the past/ Interstate 5 today  
Railroad Bend (7) Northeastern portion of Yolo County; Sacramento River According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Railroad Bend is located at 385106N, 1214327W, Knights Landing.
Rancho Cañada de Capay (2)(3) Located on Cache Creek. (2) Rancho Cañada de Capay was later known as Capay Valley. (3) The original adobe house was added to. Today the house remains ½ mile south of SR 16 between Madison and Esparto about halfway and is still occupied. It is the only adobe standing today in Yolo Co. (2)
Rancho Five Leagues (1) On the Sacramento River pg. 20  
Rancho Laguna de Santos Calle (1) On Putah Creek east of Wolfskill. (1) pg. 20  
Rancho Nueva Flandria (2) Bordered the west bank of the Sacramento River (2) pg. 534 The original name for the site was Rancho Nueva Flandria. The name was then changed to Washington and then to Broderick. The townsite of Washington was built on the northwest corner of the ranch owned by the widow of James McDowell.
Rancho Río de Jesús María (2) Along Cache Creek east of the Gordon land grant (1)pg. 20 (Thomas M. Hardy was given the Mexican land grant.) He "built a tule shack on the west bank of the Sacramento near the mouth of the Feather River." (2)
Rancho Rio de los Putos (2)   "Rancho Rio de los Putos was situated on both banks of Putah Creek in the vicinity of Winter." A portion of this ranch later became the town of Winters.
Rancho Quesesoni (2)   Located east of Gordon's Ranch, reaching to the Sacramento River (See Gordon's Ranch.)
Reiff Canyon (9) Northwestern portion of Yolo County According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Reiff Canyon is located at 385227N, 1221401W, Guinda.
Río de Jesús María   Upper Sacramento River Río de Jesús María was an old name for the Upper Sacramento River
Riverbank (4)   Today known as Bryte.(11)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Bryte/Riverbank (11)
Riverside (5) State Hwy. #99/Jefferson Road today  
Riverview (3)(4) South River Road/ Road E-9 According to the 1920 Yolo Co. map, Riverview was in the Washington District. Riverview was also known as Glide Landing.(11)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Riverview on Sacramento West map. (11)
  • According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Riverview is located at 383013N, 1213332W, Sacramento West.
Rock (1)   The Rock post office, established in 1878, became the Rumsey post office in 1888.
Rocky Ridge (7) Along the southwestern border between Yolo and Napa Counties  
Ronda (3)(4) State Hwy. #7 in the past / Interstate 5 today According to the 1920 Yolo Co. map, Ronda was in the Black's District.
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Ronda on El Dorado Bend map. (11)
Rose Canyon (9) Northwestern portion of Yolo County; west side of Capay Valley According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Rose Canyon is located at 385000N, 1221254W, Guinda.
Roseberry Landing (5) Road 117 today  
Rumsey (1)(3)(4)(7) Hwy. No. 50/today on Road 16; 4½ mi. northwest of Guinda in the northwestern portion of Yolo County The Rock post office, established in 1878, became the Rumsey post office in 1888.(1)
  • USGS Geographical Names Info. re. Rumsey on Rumsey map. (11)
  • According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Rumsey is located at 385318N, 1221411W, Rumsey.
  • Esparto District Chamber of Commerce (serving Madison, Esparto, Capay , Brooks, Guinda and Rumsey)
Rumsey Canyon (7) West side of Capay Valley According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Rumsey Canyon is located at 385341N, 1221500W, Glascock Mountain.
Rumsey Rancheria (1)(3)(4)(7) Hwy. No. 50 in the past/along Road 16 in Capay Valley today

Rumsey Rancheria
P.O. Box 18
Brooks, CA 95606
( 530 ) 924-1278

On the north side of Cache Creek above Rumsey, a group of Patwin-Wintun Indians lived at an old village site. Land for a rancheria was purchased by the federal government in 1907 to which the Indians were relocated in 1909. (1) At present there are two sites in the Capay Valley that are listed as "Rumsey Rancheria." Both are along Road 16. The original site is in the north at the town of Rumsey. The second site is further south just north of the town of Brooks.(7)
AKA Rumsey Indian Reservation.

According to the Peabody Museum GNIS Dataset Service, Rumsey Rancheria is located at 385318N, 1221455W, Rumsey.

Ryon's Crossing (3) [INDEX] East of Woodland  

Sources:
(1) Yolo County: Land of Changing Patterns, An Illustrated History, By Joann L. Larkey and Shipley Walters, Windsor Publications, Inc., 1987.
(2) Historic Spots in California, by Mildred Brooke Hoover, Hero Eugene Rensch, Ethel Grace Rensch, William N. Abeloe; Revised by Douglas E. Kyle, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 1990.
(3) "The Western Shore Gazetteer and Commercial Directory, For the State of California.Yolo County," C. P. Sprague & H. W. Atwell, Woodland, Yolo County, 1870, Reprinted by Higginson Book Company, Salem Massachusetts.
(4) List of Locales from the Yolo Co. Map circa 1920 on the Yolo Co. GenWeb page
(5) Yolo County Locales from the map on the wall of the Yolo County Archives (as of July 1999)
(6) Map of Yolo County, California, Compiled From Official and Recent Surveys By J. S. Henning, Surveyors & Civil Engineers, May, 1871, Britton & Rey, S.F., Note (on map) The original copy of this map was found on the Wyckoff Ranch Near Woodland.This print was made from the final tracing on August, 1961, W.R. Jones, Yolo County Engineer's Office. (You can obtain copies of this map at the Yolo County Archives.)
(7) Northern California Atlas and Gazetteer, DeLorme, Freeport, Maine, 1995.
(8) Rand McNally's Pioneer Atlas of the American West, Containing Facsimile Reproductions of Maps and Indexes from the 1876 First Edition of Rand, McNally & Co.'s Business Atlas of the Great Mississippi Valley and Pacific Slope. Rand McNally & Co., Chicago, New York, San Francisco, 1969, pgs. 19-24.
(9) Solano and Yolo Counties Map, California State Automobile Association, San Francisco, California.
(10) Ely's Station, Yolo County, California; Madison, Yolo County California, California Warehouse Book, San Pablo California, Dakin Publishing Co., California, 1897?, Vlad Shkurkin, 1983, pg. 39. (University of California, Berkeley, Earth Sciences, Microfiche 2089, no. 12, 3 maps on one page)
(11) United States Geological Survey Geographical Names, December 1999

 

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