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 Shasta County California

Shasta County. Organized in 1850. Bounded north by Siskiyou, east by Lassen, south by Tehama, and west by Trinity. Area, 4,500 square miles. Assessed valuation of property for 1874, $1,875,846.

County seat, Shasta. Principal towns: Cottonwood. Fall River Mills, Igo, Millville and Redding. The resources of the county are about equally mineral and agricultural. The area of the County includes the head of the Sacramento Valley, extending from the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the east to the coast range on the west, and to the foot of Shasta Butte on the north.

The principal rivers are, the Sacramento and Pitt rivers, with many tributaries, the principal of which are Cottonwood, Clear, Battle, Cow and Montgomery Creeks and Fall and McCloud Rivers, the latter being one of the most beautiful streams in the State, the government fishery, where salmon spawn are taken and prepared for shipment to the east, is upon this stream near the mouth.

The Soda Springs, a favorite summer resort, are situated in the northern part of this county near the Sacramento River. Redding is the present terminus of the California and Oregon R.R. From this point Stages leave daily for the northern part of this State and Oregon.

Both placer and quartz mines are being successfully worked in this county. In the eastern part of the county, valuable copper mines are now being successfully worked. Iron and coal mines have also been discovered in the county and located, and will probably soon be developed.

Officers: W. E. Hopping, County Judge; William H. Bickford, Clerk, Recorder, and Auditor; Clay W. Taylor, District Attorney; S. Hull, Sheriff and Tax Collector; J. Van Schaick, Treasurer; D. C. Osborne, Assessor; George Silverthone, Surveyor; William P. Hartman, Coroner and Public Administrator; George W. Welsh, 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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