Trinity County, California

Trinity County is one of the far northern counties, lying just south of Siskiyou, and between Shasta and Tehama on the east and Humboldt on the west. Its area is 2,625 square miles; and the population, given by the United States census of 1880 as 4,999, is now estimated at 6,500. Weaverville, the county seat, is on the Trinity River, and is the natural center for the trade of a large mining district. Other towns are Trinity Center, Lewiston, Junction City and Altoona. The chief industry of Trinity has been mining. The county is drained by the Trinity River, and it is nearly hemmed in on all sides by mountains that contain rich deposits of mineral. Hydraulic mining, which has been enjoined by law in counties that drain into the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, is still carried on here, but quartz-mining is the main source of wealth. The last few years have seen an effort to utilize the fine grazing advantages of the county, and much fruit has been planted in the mountain valleys, where it grows to perfection. The assessed valuation in 1889 was $1,153,344.


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

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