Yolo County, California

Yolo County is a portion of the great Sacramento valley, bounded by Colusa, Sacramento, Sonoma, Solano, and Lake, embracing 1,017 square miles of land, nearly all of which is adapted to agriculture. There are, however, about 40,000 acres of so-called swamp land, which, though overflowed in the winter, furnish in summer good pasturage for stock. The Sacramento River flows along the eastern boundary of the county, while Putah and Cache creeks and many smaller streams supply over 50 miles of irrigating ditches for the dryer districts. The fruit and vegetables of Yolo are unexcelled; raisins are extensively produced, and the orange crop is increasing yearly. Wheat, barley, and hay, however, are the chief products. Dairying is an important industry, and of late years considerable attention has been paid to the growth of hops. The California and Oregon Railway passes through the county. The population is estimated at 16,000, as against 11,772 in 1880. Woodland is the county seat, and is only 18 miles from the capital of the state. Other towns are Davisville, Knight's Landing, Yolo, Capay, Dunnigan, Madison, and Washington. In 1889 the assessed valuation of the county was $21,911,235.


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

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