Tehama County California
Tehama County, Organized in 1856. Bounded north
by Shasta, east by Piumas, southeast by Butte, south by Colusa,
and west by Mendocino and Trinity. Area, 2,800 square miles.
Assessed valuation of property for 1874, $3,878,625. Population
County seat, Red Bluff. Principal towns, Belle Mills, Tehama and
The resources of the county are varied and extensive, the broad
valley of the Sacramento being susceptible of a high degree of
tillage. The vineyards are celebrated for their fine grapes and
wines; cattle raising and wool growing is carried on
extensively, and the grand forests of the Sierra supply a large
trade in lumber, the latter business being facilitated by V
flumes, a novel and very efficient mode of transportation from
mountain to valley. The means of intercommunication are
excellent, the noble Sacramento, a navigable stream, from
crosses the county north to south, and the California and Oregon
Railroad in like manner passes through it from the southeast,
crossing the river at Tehama, and extending north on the west
The county extends from a high elevation in the Sierra, crossing
the Sacramento Valley, and ascends the eastern slope of the
Coast Mountains. The eastern portion some parts, is rocky and
barren, arid in others is clothed with noble forests of pine.
The valley in the southern part is broad and fertile, and in the
northern the basaltic table lands approach the river from the
east, and the spurs of the Coast Range extend to it from the
west, leaving but little arable land. Several small streams flow
out of the western hills, and along them are beautiful and
fertile valleys, the chosen places of abode of farmers and stock
Gold is found in small quantities in the Sierra Nevada, and salt
and medicinal springs of value exist in the Coast Range, to
which can probably be added mines of quicksilver and other
metals, as such are developed in the range further south.
Lassen's Peak stands at the northeast corner of the county, and
is a most conspicuous object, being visible from every point in
the valley, it is the cone of an extinct volcano, rising to an
elevation of 10,577 feet above the sea, and is a noted landmark
to travelers passing up or down the Sacramento. The river is
navigable to Red Bluff, which offers cheap transportation to
produce and merchandise, but since the construction of the
railroad, steamers have not ascended above Tehama
Officers: C. P. Braynard, County Judge; William
B. Parker, Clerk, Recorder, and Auditor; Jerome Banks, District
Attorney Tax; C. A. Sleeth, Sheriff, and Collector; J. C.
Tipton, Treasurer; Eby, Jackson Assessor; H. B. Shackelford,
Surveyor; S. S. Thomas, Coroner and Public Administrator; C. D.
Woodman, Superintendent Public Schools.
California Gazetteer |
Source: Pacific Coast Business Directory for 1876-78, Compiled
by Henry G. Langley, San Francisco, 1875