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 Plumas County California

Plumas County. Organized in 1854. Bounded north and east by Lassen, south by Sierra, and west by Butte and Tehama. Area, 2,736 square miles. Assessed valuation of property for 1874, $1,414,121.

County seat, Quincy. Principal towns, Greenville, La Porte, Meadow Valley, and Taylorsville. The resources are chiefly mineral, but its agricultural capacity is very large. The county is of Alpine character, being entirely within the Sierra, and its topographical features are singular. It is composed of high mountains, deep canons, and romantic, grass covered valleys. The sources of Feather River are in it, the Middle Fork rising in Beckwourth Valley, on the east of the main crest of the Sierra, and making its way westward through the mountain, cuts its channel down half way from the summit to the level of the sea, causing one of the grandest mountain chasms of the great chain.

Among the features of the county are the numerous large and fertile valleys which the mountains enclose, as Big Meadows, Mountain Meadows, Indian, American, Beckwourth and Meadow Valleys. The largest of these is Big Meadow Valley, fifteen miles long and four broad, connecting with Mountain Meadows, nearly as large, and several smaller ones, generally with an elevation of 4,500 feet, constituting a plateau on the summit of the mountain. These are grassy meadows, filled with sparkling streams, and most inviting to the grazer or dairyman.

The North Fork of Feather River rises in these valleys, and at the lower end, already a large stream, plunges into one of those terrible canons so characteristic of these mountains. Indian Valley is eleven miles in length by two in width, and is very productive. This, with several connecting valleys, is occupied with farms and villages, and important gold and copper mines exist in the surrounding hills. The American Valley, in which is the town of Quincy, is eleven miles long by from one to two wide, and has an elevation of 3,500 feet. These are all fertile, well-watered and timbered, and contain an area of agricultural and grazing lands sufficient tor the support of many thousands of people.

Gold mines are found throughout the county, in both quartz and placer, and are worked with great profit. The high ridges and deep canons render travel difficult, and its inaccessibility has greatly retarded development. Plumas is rich in resources of a varied and attractive character, and with a climate exceedingly healthy, a high prosperity awaits her future.

Officers: E. T. McHogan, County Judge; F. B. Whiting, Clerk, Recorder and Auditor; R. H. F. Variel, District Attorney; J. C. Boring, Sheriff and Tax Collector; J. C. Chapman, Treasurer; Jacob Stiner, Assessor; A. W. Keddie, Surveyor; J. H. Yeates. Coroner and Public Administrator, Ex-officio; W. G. Church, Superintendent Public Schools.

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Source: Pacific Coast Business Directory for 1876-78, Compiled by Henry G. Langley, San Francisco, 1875

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