California Counties
Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 9:04AM
Jo Giessner

Did you know? The bill set forth in 1850 as California first talked of subdividing into counties had 25 and named a bit differently.

San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Branciforte, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Mount Diablo, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, Yolo, Mendocino, Sacramento, Coloma, Sutter, Butte, Yuba, Colusi, Shasta, Trinity, Calaveras, Tuolomne, and Mariposa.

Instead, on 15 February 1850 the legislature passed an act creating 27 counties.

San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, Yolo, Mendocino, Sacramento, Sutter, Butte, Yuba, Colusi, Shasta, Trinity, Calaveras, Tuolomne, Mariposa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Napa, San Joaquin, and Santa Cruz.

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