"Colusi > Colusa County"

1851 September 6, The California Gazette - Post Offices in Colusi County:  Colusi, Monroeville (designated as County Seat), Moon's Ranch.~

1853 January 21, Sacramento Daily Union - Post Offices in California - Corrected to December 1, 1852 [Colusi County] Colusi, Colusi, Ben Knight; Monroeville, Colusi, J.C. Hulse; Moon's Ranch, Colusi, Nathanial Merrill; Tehama, Colusi, Newell Hall.~

1853 June 8, Daily Placer Times and Transcrip (San Francisco, California) - Colusi - We received last night, too late for insertion, the proceedings of the Democrats of the southern portion of Colusi. They appointed A. J. Weaver, Esq. delegate to the State Convention, and passed a resolution in favor of the nomination of Major Roman for Governor.~

1853 August 26, Daily Democratic State Journal-The ferry boat was kept busy yesterday crossing stock. Great numbers are being taken to Cache Creek and Colusi. [Ferry location or name not in article]~

1855 January 26, Daily Democratic State Journal (Sacramento, California) - Postmasters/Offices as of 15th Day April 1854:  Colusa, Colusa, William Vincent; Moore's Ranch, Colusa, William Vincent; Munroeville, Colusa, R. F. Pratt; Tehama, Colusa, William Vincent.~

1855 May 23, Daily Democartic State Journal (Sacramento, California) - Squire Walsh [Richard J. Walsh], of Colusa, has an ox which weighs 4,000 lbs.~

1855 August 23, Daily Placer Times and Transcript- Colusi County - Assembly - Edward J. Lewis; Sheriff - J. C. Johnston; County Clerk - J.B. Laing; District Attorney - George R. Parbert; Treasurer - D. P. Durst; Public Administrator - J.W. Bowland; County Surveyor - W.M. Owl; Assessor - Isaac Ricketts; Coroner - Dr. J.W. Betts.~

1857 July 19, Daily Globe -POST OFFICES AND POSTMASTERS IN CALIFORNIA: Colusa, William Vincent; Grand Island, Thomas Eddy;  Moon's Ranch, George Eastman; ; Monroeville, F. D. Pierpont; Princeton, R.T. Arnett; Tehama, O. Gervy.~

1857 August 24, Daily Globe -FIRE IN COLUSI COUNTY - A letter has been received in Sacramento from R.J. Walsh, of Bellview Ranch, Colusi County, stating that his hotel and out-buildings were burnt down on the 16th inst. The fire broke out in the workshop, and spread with great rapidity. Some eight hundred bushels of grain were destroyed, along with much other valuable property.~

1861 -No. 890 - Erected in 1861, this Federal/Classic Revival style building is the oldest remaining courthouse in the Sacramento Valley. The "southern" style reflects the county's heritage and states' rights sympathies during the Civil War. In its early years, the courthouse also served as a center for cultural, social, and religious activities. 

Location:  547 Market and 6th Streets, Colusa~

1870 June 2, San Francisco Bulletin (San Francisco, California) - Jacinto, Colusa county, is growing.~

1870 June 2, San Francisco Bulletin - Horse thieves are numerous and daring in Colusa county.~

1873 September 29, San Francisco Bulletin - The Colusa Sun gives the results of several experiments in cotton growing in Colusa county, and says there is no doubt that Colusa valley is as well adapted to cotton as any part of the San Joaquin, where it has been demonstrated that it will be an excellent paying crop.~

1874 January 26, San Francisco Bulletin (San Francisco, CA) - At the Excelsior cinnabar mine, Colusa, a retort had just been put up and five tanks of quicksilver taken out, when the snow and rain storm came and caved the tunnel in so they cannot work to advantage.~

1874 August 19, Territorial Enterprise (Virginia City, Nevada) - Immense piles of grain are being stored at Colusa, Princeton, Jacinto, Grimes' Landing and Grand Island. The farmers are holding for an advance in the market.~

1875 April 1, Sacramento Daily Union - Locations of the Granges of the Patrons of Husbandry in this State (California) by Name, Post Office, County:

Antelope Valley, Antelope Valley, Colusa

Center, Colusa, Colusa

Colusa, Colusa, Colusa

Freshwater, Colusa, Colusa

Funk Slough, Colusa, Colusa

Grand Island, Grand Island, Colusa

Newville, Newville, Colusa

Plaza, Jacinto, Colusa

Princeton, Princeton, Colusa

Spring Valley, Spring Valley, Colusa

Union, Princeton, Colusa

Willows, Princeton, Colusa.~

1877 December 17San Francisco Bulletin - The Colusa Sun of the 15th instant has the following concerning the sinking of the barge Governor Hayes in the Sacramento River:  Last Sunday morning the barge Governor Hayes, in tow of the steamer Dover, Captain Brewington, ran on a log at what the boatmen call 20-mile bend just below the Grand Island mills, and sunk. It seems that she made it over the log, but broke and went down, nose foremost, in 18 feet of water. She had on board 10,300 sacks of wheat, worth at Jacinto, $3 a sack, belonging to Dr. Glenn. Some 3,000 sacks were taken off the barge in a more or less damaged condition, and was sold at from 25 to 75 cents a sack. The barge has been raised, and will not be a total loss. The loss on the wheat is about $30,000. We learn that was fully insured. It seems that this log lies in a short bend of the river, where it cannot be avoided, and that it has given more or less of trouble to all the boats on the river. It was no one's business however, to remove it, although a small job, and so it remained. The Government ought certainly to give us a small appropriation towards keeping the river free from snags. If the Government will not, it would pay Colusa County to have a small amount of work done.~

1887 August 19, San Francisco Bulletin- Forest fires have destroyed much valuable timber in the western part of Colusa County. It has been burning for two weeks, and has destroyed about 25,000 acres of timber.~

1911 July 2, San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Ca) from Colusa, July 1 - TEACHERS WITH FAMILIES - The Trustees of several school districts in this county are making efforts to obtain teachers with families having children of school age in preference to unmarried teachers. These districts have not the required number of children to keep the schools open and unless teachers with children can be obtained there will be a less number of schools in the county next fall.~


Adobe Spring

A natural flow of water from the ground in Colusa County, located 11 miles N of Wilbur Springs.~



See:  Afton under Glenn County


Anderson Mountain

A ridge of land 1.5 miles long in Colusa County located 8.5 miles southeast of Wilbur Springs.~


Antelope Valley

A valley trending north, 14 miles long with Antelope Creek draining much of it. The community of Sites is located about 5.5 miles from the north end of Antelope Valley in Colusa County. Antelope Creek flows 9 miles to Stone Corral Creek about .25 miles northwest of Sites.

1881 April 11, San Francisco Bulletin, State News in Brief - Saturday John Carrol was killed by the caving of a cellar, in Antelope Valley, Colusa county.~



A locality along the Sacramento Northern Railroad within 1 mile east-southeast of downtown Colusa.~



1875 -The village of Arbuckle was laid out and surveyed in the fall of 1875, on the ranch of T.R. Arbuckle. Mr. Arbuckle gave one lot to anyone who bought a lot. There were a number of residences and business places erected. On 15 May 1876, the whistle of our first train reached town. After that, Arbuckle grew fast. - Colusi County Historical Society, Wagon Wheels, 1878, pg 16.

1876 September 11 - The first Post Office for the location was established 11 September 1876 as a 2nd Class P. O. on land provided by pioneer Tacitus R. Arbuckle. He was also the first Postmaster. Located 11 miles north of Dunnigan and 11 miles south of Williams, Arbuckle served the farming community.~

1884 May 7, Warren M. Holloway, Postmaster.

1885 December 31, Cyrus P. Arbuckle, Postmaster.

1886 February 5, Clifford H. Gibbons, Postmaster.

1888 April 27, William T. Saxon, Postmaster.

1889 February 11, Dr. John P. Gale, Postmaster.

1890 July 25, Ebenezer C. Houseworth, Postmaster.

1898 February 17, Charles G. Stinson, Postmaster.

1915 June 23, Emma C. White, Postmaster.

1916 April 13, J. C. White, Postmaster.

1918 April 8, Frances L. Musgrove (Summers), Postmaster.

1933 August 1, Gilbert G. Vann, Postmaster.

1952 December 15, Isla M. Griffin, Postmaster.

1961 November 9, Emmet V. Putnam, Postmaster.

1988 July 15 - Joyce E. Dawley composed a list of Arbuckle postmasters for the 1988 Fall Edition of Colusa County Historical Society's Wagon Wheels:

After Tacitus W. Arbuckle came on 7 May 1884, Warren Halloway; 1885 December 31, Cyrus P. Arbuckle (Tacitus's son); 1886 February 5, Clifford H. Gibbons; 1889 February 11, Dr. John P. Gale; 1889 April 28, William T. Saxon; 1893 July 25, Ebenezer C. Houseworth; 1898 February 17, Charles G. Stinson; 1915 June 23, Emma C. White; 1916 April 13, J. C. White; 1918 April 18, Frances L. Musgrove Summers; 1933 August 1, Gilbert G. Vann; 1952 December 15, Isla M. Griffin; 1961 November 10, E. Vernon Putnam; 1984 September 15, Thomas Critchfield.~


Arnold Bend

A pronounced curve in the Sacramento River at Colusa.~


Bald Hill

A peak in Colusa County 7.25 miles north-northeast of Wilbur Springs reaching an altitude of 1,275 feet.~


Bear Valley

A valley 12 miles long in Colusa County, along Bear Creek abt 2.5 miles north of Wilbur Springs. Bear Creek  flows 26 miles to Cache Creek 9 miles south-southeast of Wilbur Springs.~



See:  Belvidere > Norman under Glenn County



1876 August 18, 4th class Post Office established as Berlin, Colusa, California, at a railroad station located 4 miles northwest of Arbuckle. The community was named Genevra.

Francis A. Wohlfrom, First Postmaster.

1897 June 22, Edwin H. Peake, Postmaster.

1900 July 6, Charles M. Weaver, Postmaster.

1934 June 30, Post Offfice discontinued and the service moved to Arbuckle.


Butte City

See:  Butte City under Glenn County



1871 June 13, 4th Class Post Office established as Canaan, Colusa, California, located 18 miles northwest of Colusa per the Postal Route Map.

Jackson Hubbell, First Postmaster.

1872 April 22, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Colusa.


Central > Williams

1874 August 10, 4th Class Post Office established as Central, Colusa, California, located 10 miles southwest of Colusa. Was a stage stop on the Sacramento to Oregon road and in the center of the valley.

William H. Williams, First Postmaster.

1876 June 28, Post Office discontinued and the name changed to Williams.

1876 June 28, 2nd Class Post Office established as Williams, Colusa, California, located 10 miles southwest of Colusa. Named for William H. Williams, founder of the townsite.

William H. Williams, First Postmaster.

1881 February 3, Philo B. Chamberlain, Postmaster.

1885 September 28, John J. Fouch, Postmaster.

1895 December 14, Seymour H. Callen, Postmaster.

1911 May 18, Sarah B. Anthony, Postmaster.

1920 February 11, Floyd E. Kidd, Postmaster.

1929 June 19, Harry G. Manor, Postmaster.

1931 January 31, Violet Manor, Postmaster.

1935 March 3, Mrs. Violet D. Linebaugh, Postmaster.

1935 August 1, Miss Maude A. Northey, Postmaster.

1955 May 14, Mrs. Maude N. Harlan, Postmaster.

1955 August 31, Harry A. Smith, Postmaster.

1962 September 20, Mrs. Ramona C. Hilliard, Postmaster.



Coast Range

1868 April 12, 4th Class Post Office established as Coast Range, Colusa, California, located at a site on the eastern slope of the Coastal Range.

Noah Simpson, First Postmaster.

? October 17, George W. Halley, Postmaster.

1876 April 17, David Markham, Postmaster.

1876 July 25, Noah Simpson, Postmaster.

1876 October 12, Post Office discontinued.


College City

1873 April 14, 4th Class Post Office established as College City, Colusa, California, located 3 miles southeast of Arbuckle. Named for the community that grew up around the Andrew Pierce Christian College.

Erskine Rathbun, First Postmaster.

1875 November 29, Simon Davis, Postmaster.

1883 March 5, Edmund F. Peart, Postmaster.

1886 November 9, Julius Martin, Postmaster.

1898 December 6, Henry A. White, Postmaster.

1912 October 25, William H. Reardon, Postmaster.

1918 May 28, Myrtle E. Danley, Postmaster.

1926 October 13, Ella Cronk, Postmaster.

1935 June 1, William F. Rankin, Postmaster.

1951 December 28, Mrs. Harriet V. Rankin, Postmaster.




Colusa Junction

1886 July 14, 4th Class Post Office established as Colusa Junction, Colusa, California, located 4 1/2 miles south of Maxwell where the road to Colusa joined the north-south highway at a point about 10 miles east of Colusa.

James W. Hall, First Postmaster.

1887 September 26, Augustus H. Sherman, Postmaster.

1887 October 28, Joseph P. Kimbrell, Postmaster.

1891 October 15, Charles F. Clotfelter, Postmaster.

1896 December 4, Josephine Hamel, Postmaster.

1899 May 29, William D. Locey, Postmaster.

1905 December 7, William S. Dennis, Postmaster.

1908 January 17, Henry J. Arvedson, Postmaster.

1914 November 30, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Maxwell.


Colusi > Colusa (town)

AKA:  Salmon Bend (no Post Office)

1851 April 5, California Gazette - An experimental trip has been made up the Sacramento as far as Colusi in the steamboat Martha Jane; and it is said that this stream, as far as Colusi, is better adapted for navigation by steamboats of the class of the Fashion or Gov. Dana, than is the Feather River between Sacramento and Marysville. The distance to the Feather River mines is also said to be less and over a better road than by way of Marysville.~

1851 July 29, The Daily Alta California Newspaper dated the establishment of the Colusi Post Office. Located on the Sacramento River 23 miles northwest of Yuba City, Sutter County.~

1851 September 6, The California Gazette - Post Offices in Colusi County:  Colusi, Monroeville (designated as County Seat), Moon's Ranch.~

1851 November 29, date of confirmation of Postmasters per Washington Postal Department.

Benjamin Knight, First Postmaster.~

1852 February 21, California Gazette (Benecia, California) - DIED, at Colusa, on the 14th February, Osgood H. Evans, Esq. of this City, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, in the 89th year of his age. In the death of Mr. Evans, the community of which he was one of the earliest and most upright citizens, and the church of which he was a Trustee, Sunday School Teacher and ruling Elder, have sustained a grievous loss. His honesty as a merchant, his integrety as a man, his piety as a Christian, commanded universal respect; and his memory will long be perpetuated by those best and most enduring moments he labored so diligently and successfully to construct - the School House and Church.~

1852 June 1, Sacramento Weekly Union (Sacramento, California) - A correspondent writing from Colusa, under date of the 24th inst. says that the Shasta stages of Cole & Co. leave daily and continued to be well laden with passengers. Houses are going up with unexampled rapidity, and business is brisk. The steamers are doing a good trade, there being five plying regularly with the down river ports. The river at this point has risen from eight to twelve inches daily, for some time past, owing to the hot weather and the consequent melting of the snow upon the mountains.~

1852 July 9, San Francisco Evening Journal - Correspondence of the Journal, Colusa, July 6, 1852 - Messrs. Editors: Our little town at the head of navigation is thriving. New houses are being erected, and our business facilities are increasing rapidly. Many country merchants have been in the habit of visiting Sacramento and the bay for the purpose of laying in their stocks, prefer making this their stopping place. It is unquestionably an advantage to them, in more views of the question than one. The fact, however, that they can make three or four trips from Shasta and back, whilst going to either of the places above mentioned, is of sufficient importance to induce them to buy here.

We have some two or three lines of daily stages running to Shasta City, which place one can leave at 6 o'clock one morning, and arrive at San Francisco at 9 p.m. the following day, a distance of about 375 miles. This, I think may safely be called the head of navigation of Sacramento river. An effort has been made to establish a town some one hundred and fifty miles above, and one person already has taken a stock of goods to the "Red Bluffs," but he will have a time of it, in replenishing, for the river will soon be so low that no boat will be likely to venture the trip, on account of the sand bars and the thousand and one snags which fill the channel of the river. - Adios.~

1852 December 14, William Vincent, Postmaster.

1853, Colusa made the County Seat for the County of Colusa.~

1854 Oct 25, Colusa - Dr. Robert Semple, well known pioneer who came to California in 1846, died today at his home near here of wounds suffered in a fall from his horse. Dr. Semple took a prominent part in the Bear Flag Revolution soon after his arrival.~

1856 September 26, Daily Democratic State Journal - Two men are to be executed at Colusi today. The rope which is to be used upon the occasion, was sent up from this city [Sacramento] yesterday.~

1858 April 14, James H. Woods, Postmaster.

1859, According to the State Register and Year Book of Facts, California, 1859, there were 2 grist mills in Colusa County. COLUSA - owned by Dunlap & Suydam - 2 stones - steam - worth $10,000 & GRAND ISLAND - owned by G. Wilson - 3 stones - worth $20,000~

1861, Courthouse built.

Historical Marker No. 890 - Erected in 1861, this Federal/Classic Revival style building is the oldest remaining courthouse in the Sacramento Valley. The "southern" style reflects the county's heritage and states' rights sympathies during the Civil War. In its early years, the courthouse also served as a center for cultural, social, and religious activities. Location:  547 Market and 6th Streets, Colusa~

1863 June 29, John H. Liening, Postmaster.

1869 November 16. Philo B. Chamberlain, Postmaster.

1874 May 27, Joseph H. Jones, Postmaster.

1874 August 19, Territorial Enterprise (Virginia City, Nevada) - Allen Springs, Lake County- Dr. Spaulding and wife were seriously injured today (August 18th) by being thrown from an express wagon near the blockade, on their way from this place to Colusa.~

1881 September 10San Francisco Bulletin - The Colusa Bridge will be completed by the 1st of November.~

1884 January 8, Bennett A. Pryor, Postmaster.

1886 October 18, Hiram H. Thomas, Postmaster.

1890 December 11, Mrs. Susan L. Drake, Postmaster.

1891 August 5, Evening News, Colusa, Cal. August 5 -  A DESTRUCTIVE CONFLAGRATION OCCURS THERE THIS MORNING - A fire broke out at 12:30 o'clock this morning in a building owned by James Bolsden, of Grand Island, and occupied by J. C. Moyk, a commission merchant, and J. R. Homes, manufacturer of cigars. The building was completely gutted. The fire communicated to a building on the west occupied by Charrey & Mazet, and to a building on the east occupied by B. Suebe, a liquor merchant. Both places were considerably damaged by fire, smoke and water.~

1910 September 30, Byron D. Beckwith, Postmaster.

1914 March 23, Ruth E. (Dempsey) Kilgore, Postmaster.



Cook Springs

1879 May 2, 4th Class Post Office established as Cook Springs, Colusa, California, located 37 miles west of Colusa. Named for the operator of the resort at the springs.

Francis M. Putman, First Postmaster.

1880 October 4, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Colusa.