Lake County, California

Lake County is shut in between two ridges of the Coast range, with mountains also to north and south, and with Clear Lake, 25 miles long by 6 wide, Lake County bears away the palm for picturesque scenery. It is one of the central California counties, with an area of about 1,078 square miles, and a population now estimated at 10,000; census report of 1880 gives 6,596. Lakeport, the county seat, is on Clear Lake, and is the center of a good trade. The country is very broken, but the valleys are extremely fertile. Large quantities of wheat, barley, oats, corn, potatoes and hops are grown, while many sheep and hogs are raised. Fruit growing is also increasing, the county being especially adapted to the winter apple. There are also mines of quicksilver. The county has many popular tourist resorts, as it has a dozen mineral springs, famous for their waters. The assessed valuation in 1889 was $4,022,484.


Source: California State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1890, Volume II, R. L. Polk & Company, 1890.

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