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"Plumas County"

1854, Plumas County was made up from an area detached from Butte County one of the original California counties. The name Plumas came from the Spanish name for the Feather River whose headwaters were in the new county, the Rio de las Plumas. Remote from the valley, county seat and with expanding mining activities, the creation of Plumas County made sense to the legislators.~

1858 April 17, Weekly Wisconsin Patriot -An avalanche occurred in Plumas county, California, a few weeks since; an immense mass of snow and ice came thundering down the mountain, plowing up the earth, and overwhelming everything that lay in its path. Two cabins of miners were swept away and a man and a boy killed. Several others, including a woman and a child, were buried beneath the mass, but strange to say, were dug out uninjured.~

1859, According to The State Register and Year Book of Facts, California 1859, Plumas County had the following Post Offices:  Jonesville, Meadow Valley, Onion Valley and Quincy. There were post offices in Sierra Co. that later became located in Plumas county, but not in 1859.~

1859 May 25, Sacramento Daily Union - WAGON ROADS NORTH - We note that the people of Plumas and vicinity are building wagon roads between the American Valley and Indian Valley, and from the American Valley by the way of Long Valley and Jamison to Beckwourth's in connection with the operations of Colonel Lander on the road between Castle Rock and Honey Lake. These improvements will have a tendency to develop the resources hitherto comparitively unknown country and to greatly benefit Plumas and other counties bordering her.~

1864, Lassen County created from area of Plumas County east of the Sierra and from the eastern half of Shasta County.~

1873 September 29, San Francisco Bulletin - J. W. Desler and W. Frank Stewart have discovered a vein of asbestos in Plumas county eight miles from Quincy. The ledge is a large one and easy of access.~

1881 September 10, San Francisco Bulletin -Last week arsenic was used to poison oxen used in logging at a sawmill in Plumas County. The poisoner is not known.~

1910 September 2, Oregonian- LOCAL OPTION WILL BE TRIED FOR TWO MONTHS - ELECTION IN NOVEMBER - Quincy, Cal., Sept 1 (special) Every saloon in Plumas closed its doors at 12 o'clock last night and went out of business. Each of the six saloons in Quincy this morning had a great sign across its front with the single word "closed." The local option law, that was voted for some time ago, went into effect at midnight, and while the saloon men have made up their minds to obey it, they evidently intend to make conditions just as disagreeable as they can, hoping to have a more favorable vote at another election on the liquor question in November.

It was agreed when this prohibition law was enacted that another election should be held two months later, after the people had been permitted a trial of dry conditions. Last night was a merry one in local saloons, saloon men and their friends enjoying the last jollification permitted them.

Conditions that obtained along the route of the Western Pacific during its construction caused the first fight against saloons, the railroads using every effort to keep them at a distance.~

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