Yolo County California
Yolo County, Organized in 1850. Bounded north
by Colusa, east by Sutter and Sacramento, south by Solano, and
west by Napa and Lake. Area, 1,150 square miles. Assessed
valuation of property for 1874, $7,309,179.
County seat, Woodland. Principal towns: Buckeye, Cacheville,
Cottonwood, Davisville. Knight's Landing, Langville, and
Washington. The county lies on the western bank of the
Sacramento River and comprises a most lovely and fertile section
of the great valley, and extends into the coast range of
The resources are almost exclusively agricultural, and as such,
it ranks as one of the first in prosperity and productiveness in
the State but in the mountain region quicksilver has been found,
and mining must be added to its sources of wealth. The
northwestern part extends along the valley of Cache Creek, to
near the source of the stream in the mountains of the coast
range, and is an excellent grazing region, from which, large
quantities of wool of a superior quality is produced.
The land near the Sacramento River is subject to overflow, and
is of the class known as tule land, very productive when
reclaimed. About 40,000 acres of this land have been reclaimed
and are under cultivation. This includes Grand Island, north of
Knight's Landing. A belt of valley land of twenty miles in
width, from the tule to the foothills, and extending through the
county, a distance of thirty miles north and south, is
everywhere arable and fertile and is the favorite section of the
Wheat is the principal production, but wool, vines, fruit trees,
and the mulberry are extensively cultivated, and successful
experiments have been made in the cultivation of cotton. Large
quantities of wine are made, and many thousand boxes of raisins
are annually put up.
The production of silk and of silkworm eggs have been tried with
great success in this county, and has proven very remunerative.
The Sacramento River runs along the eastern border, and
Washington and Knight's Landing are ports for the shipment of
The California Pacific Railroad enters the county at Davisville,
and then branches, one branch going to Sacramento, crossing the
river at Washington, the other extends north through Woodland to
Knight's Landing. These roads and the river afford complete
means of communication and transportation of products.
Officers: J. A. Hutton, County Judge; D.
Schindler, Clerk; F. E. Baker, District Attorney; Carey Barney,
Sheriff; J. D. Lawson, Recorder; K. H. Beamer, Auditor; A. C.
Kean, Treasurer; J. A. Killer, Tax Collector; J. J. Ammons,
Assessor; L. Friel, Surveyor; S. L. Monday, Coroner; A. C.
Ruggles, Public Administrator; G. N. Freeman, Superintendent
California Gazetteer |
Source: Pacific Coast Business Directory for 1876-78, Compiled
by Henry G. Langley, San Francisco, 1875