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The Cities and communities of Colusa County, California *

Arbuckle

College City, Colusa (County Seat)

Delavan

Fouls Springs

Grimes

Lodoga

Maxwell

Princeton

Sites, Stonyford, Sycamore

Williams, Wilbur Springs

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Information & Facts about Colusa County, California

Government:

Colusa County Clerk & Recorder
546 Jay Street
Colusa, CA 95932-2491
Phone: (530) 458-0500

Colusa County operates as a general law type of government with an elected Board of Supervisors and elected and appointed department heads. The cities of Williams and Colusa each have elected City Councils.

Colusa Economic Development Corp. (530) 458-3028

Colusa County Historical Records Commission
c/o Colusa County Library
738 Market Street
Colusa, CA 95932
Phone: (530) 458-7671
This county commission oversees preservation and conservation of county records of historical importance and the county records archives.

Population:

1990 - 16,275
2000 - 18,804

Location:

Colusa is about 70 miles northwest of Sacramento. With Interstate 5 closeby, it only takes about an hour to drive to Sacramento. San Francisco is about a 2 hour drive and Lake Tahoe just about 2 hours away. See this map for the location of the county within California. Neighboring counties include Butte, Glenn, Lake, Sutter and Yolo.

Climate:

Average winter temperature: 40 degrees F.
Average Summer Temperature: 97 degrees F.

Average annual rainfall: 21 inches
Average annual snowfall: 0 inches


Other Facts & Figures:

Median income: $35,062 (2000)
Per capita income: $14,730 (2000)

Median home value: $68,100 (2000)

History:

Colusa County was one of the original 27 counties in the state when it was created in 1850. Several other counties have split off from Colusa since that time. Glenn County and part of Tehama County were both once in Colusa County. The county was named for two Mexican land grants - Coluses in 1844 and Colus in 1845. The first spelling was Colusi. It seems the word derives from an Indian tribe in the area. The first settler in the area was William Bryant in 1846.

Here is a history page for Colusa County. Try this history page from the Colusi County Historical Society

Geography:

Land area: 1,151 square miles
Water area: 6 square miles
Total area: 1,157 square miles

In the western county Snow Mountain rises to 7,000 feet above sea level at its peak in the midst of the Mendocino National Forest. As you leave the slopes, the next area to the east is rangeland that is known for its beautiful wildflowers. Finally, you come to the Sacramento Valley with the Sacramento River and its watershed area.

Genealogy:

Colusa County GenWeb page

Libraries:

Colusa County Free Library
738 Market Street
Colusa, CA 95932
Phone: 530-458-7671

Schools:

Colusa Unified School District
745 Tenth St.
Colusa, CA 95932
Phone: 530-458-7791

Colusa County Office of Education

Economy:

The county's economy focuses mainly on agriculture and related businesses. Just some of the major crops are pistachios, Asian pears, Almonds, tomatoes, rice, corn, sunflowers, melons and onions. In 2000, the county was the nation's number one producer of rice.

The many waterways in the county maintain an abundance of wildlife as well as beautiful green countryside. For this reason, tourism is also an important part of the county economy.

Organizations & Groups:

Colusa Area Chamber of Commerce
258 Main Street Suite 213
Colusa, CA 95932
Phone: 530-458-5525
FAX: 530-458-5769

Colusi County Historical Society
Dedicated to the preservation, documentation and dissemination of the history of Colusa, Glenn and Tehama Counties

Attractions & Other Information:

Sacramento Valley Museum
1491 E Street
Williams, CA 95987-1437
Phone: (530) 473-2978
Hours: Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm: or by Appointment
Appointments Can Be Made For Groups And Classes
The museum is located in the former Williams High School. It is the area's best museum documenting early California life.

The Farm Show in Colusa for over 37 years. Held in February each year. It is known as the "Granddaddy of Farm Shows"

Mendocino National Forest
In the northwest section of Colusa County with several camping and picnic facilities. Snow Mountain (7000' elevation) is located here, along with several other peaks, hiking trails, and creeks.

Colusa Sacramento River State Recreation Area
This site has 67 acres, with 14 campsites, picnic areas and boat launching sites. The river offers great fishing for many different fish.

Stoneyford Ranger District
113 developed campsites, and a 30 acre trout lake (Letts Lake), 85 miles of trout streams, and more. The district covers 146,500 acres and is abounding with wildlife. Parts of the area are good for rock-hunting.

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