American Ranch
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 6:18PM
Jo Giessner

1855 July 19, History of California Post Offices 1849-1976 -

A 4th Class Post Office was established at American Ranch, Shasta, California on 19 July 1855, and discontinued on 15 April 1878, when it was moved to the nearby Anderson townsite. The name stems from the American Hotel and Ranch which was a stopping place for freight teams enroute to the Shasta and Trinity mines. Located 27 miles north of Red Bluff, the Reading Land Grant property was first purchased by Thomas A. Freeman in May 1854, and then sold to Elias Anderson in 1856. Freeman was the first postmaster. American Ranch Post Office was the fifth postal station established in Shasta County.

1855 July 19, Thomas A. Freeman, Postmaster.

1855 October 29, Daily Democratic Starte Journal, New Post Office - A post office has recently been established at the American Ranch in this county [Shasta]  of which Thomas A. Freeman is Postmaster.

1857 January 16, Elias Anderson, Postmaster.

1857 July 26, Thomas A. Freeman, Postmaster

1859 January 16, Elias Anderson, Postmaster.

1877, Postal authorities established the post office at American Ranch in 1855 and moved it to the town site of Anderson in 1878. The railroad station was named Anderson in 1872 by the Railroad authorities for Elias Anderson who had granted railroad right away across his land. Consequently in the Great Register for the County of Shasta, California, 1877, residents are listed in both locales. The American Ranch residents list themselves as farmers, stockraisers, one laborer and one miner.

Elias ANDERSON, Kentucky, Farmer; George Henry ANDERSON, Missouri, Farmer; Thomas Boaz BELL, USA, Farmer; Manuel Joseph DAIS, Portugal, Farmer (Naturalization through Father); William Thomas GLOVER, USA, Laborer; William McHendree JOHNSTON, USA, Farmer; Francis JOSEPH, Portugal, Farmer; Alexander LIGGET, Ohio, Stockraiser; William LEAN, England, Farmer (Shasta Co.); Daniel ROBERTSON, Ohio, Farmer; John Wesley SPANN, USA, Farmer; Samuel Bostworth SHELDON, USA, Farmer; James SUNDERLAND, Indiana, Stockraiser; William H. STINE, USA, Miner; William STULL, Pennsylvania, Farmer.

1878 April 15, Elias Anderson, Postmaster. American Ranch Post Office discontinued and the post office moved to nearby townsite called Anderson and became Anderson, Shasta County, California Post Office.

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