Plumas County, California

Plumas County is one of the chain of mountain counties, and is bounded by Shasta, Lassen, Pitt and Tehama; its area is 2,656 square miles; in 1880, the population was 6,180, and is now about 7,000; Quincy is the county seat; Laporte, Meadow Valley and Taylorville are other towns. Although situated among the Sierra Nevada, containing several lofty peaks, and noted for its picturesque scenery, Plumas embraces many sheltered valleys of rich alluvial soil, and well-watered grassy meadows, supporting a prosperous agricultural community. Mining, however, as in the earlier days of California, is still the most profitable industry. The American valley and the Mountain meadows are noted for their succulent vegetation, and in dry seasons furnish a grazing-ground for stockmen from other counties. The north and middle forks of the Feather River take their rise in this county, and in winter rush in torrents to join the Sacramento. The resources of Plumas are in large measure undeveloped, yet the salubrious climate and productive soil of its elevated valleys as well as its hidden mineral wealth, are attracting a constantly increasing tide of immigration. The assessed valuation in 1889 was $2,230,000.


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

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