Dorris Bridge > Alturas
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 12:32PM
Jo Giessner

AKA:  Dorris Bridge, for Presley Dorris, who had built a bridge across Pit River. Also known as Dorrisville in 1874.

1876 June 6, 1st class post office established 16 miles NE of Canby. "Alturas" is Spanish for the heights. The location was formerly called Dorris Bridge. Nathanial B. Rine was the first postmaster.~

1876 June 13, Daily Alta California - Postal Changes - Washington, June 11 - The following postal changes are announced for the past week for the Pacific Coast: . . . Name Changed--Dorris Bridge, Modoc county, to Alturas. . .~

1879 August 5, James T. Laird, Postmaster.

1879 September 26 (Friday), San Francisco Bulletin - The Alturas Fire - Alturas, the county seat of Modoc county, was destroyed by fire on Monday evening witht he exception of the offices of the Modoc Independent and two livery stables. The fire originated in the fruit and variety store of W.W. Bedford, and is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. The loss was $130,000; insured for less than $30,000. Rebuilding has begun. The proprietor of the Independent, W.F. Edwards, was also owner of the Reno Evening Gazette when Reno was burned last March.

Latest from the Alturas Fire - Redding, September 26th - We received by stage last night an estimate of the losses at the Alturas fire:  E. Lauer & Co., store, $20,000; Marks & Sanders, store, $12,000; W.F. Comb's Hotel, $10,000; J.J. Davis, hotel, $2,000; Skinner & Mau, Saloon, $3,500; D.T. Mills, store, $5,000; A. Gagnow, harness shop, $1,500; W. Williams, saloon, $2,000; J. Stanley, $1,500; Elman Bros, $1,000; R.H. Nichols, dwelling, $1,000; W.W. Bedford, variety store, $500; Gray & Edwards, law and insurance office, $500; and many others with small losses. There was about $30,000 insurance, mostly in foreign companies.~

1885 August 28, John Madden, Postmaster.

1886 November 30, Annie E. Madden, Postmaster.

1889 July 12, James T. Laird, Postmaster.

1893 July 12, Mrs. Nellie Forrest, Postmaster.

1897 June 17, James T. Laird, Postmaster.

1898 December 7, Sarah Laird, Postmaster.

1898 December 10, Los Angeles Herald, Washington, Dec 7 - The following postmasters have been appointed:  Alturas, Modoc county, Sarah Laird, vice James T. Laird, removed.~

1905 December 19, James T. Negley, Postmaster.

1909 December 16, James T. Negley, Postmaster.

1914 January 11, Sarah Laird, Postmaster.

1914 January 12, T.S. Kemble, Postmaster.

1916 February 1, Evening News, Alturas, Feb 1 - With 15 degrees below zero at Alturas, Modoc County has been three weeks without mail or any communication outside save by wire. There has been no loss of stock so far, but Alturas is short on fuel.~

1917 October 1, George M. Kemble, Postmaster.

1922 December 31, John W. Drane, Postmaster.

1926 December 21, John W. Drane, Postmaster.

1930 December 18, John W. Drane, Postmaster.

1935 February 21, Nolan W. Smith, Postmaster.

1940 February 29, Nolan W. Smith, Postmaster.

1966 March 25, Robert S. Nelson, Postmaster.

1967 March 8, Robert S. Nelson, Postmaster.

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