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Battle Creek

Battle Creek, the stream formed by the confluence of North Fork (Shasta County) and South Fork (Tehama County), flows 16 miles, mainly along Shasta-Tehama county line, to the Sacramento River 7.25 miles N-NE of Bend. North Fork is 29 miles long and heads in Shsta County. South Fork is formed by the confluence of Nanny Creek and Summit Creek in Tehama County, and is 27 miles long.

Battle Creek Meadows is an area along South Fork Battle Creek in Tehama County at Mineral.

1832 - Called Sycamore Creek by Work.

1844 - Appears on diseno of Rancho Breisgau for/by William Benitz as Arroyo de la Campana.

1848- Called Noza Creek by Fremont-Preuss Map.

1849(?) - Named Battle Creek after a "bloody" battle between (A) Trappers and Indians - Steger (B) Fremont's troops, acting on their own in 1846, and Indians - McNamar (C) "It was named for a great battle between the Indians and whites." - Freida Null

1854 - Called Battle Creek by Beckwith.

1865 September 14, Battle Creek Post Office established 3 miles south of Ball's Ferry in Tehama County. Discontinued when the service moved to Ball's Ferry, Shasta County on 25 May 1877. The first postmaster was Samuel F. Frank. Name stems from battle between the Indians and trappers in 1849 according to History of California Post Offices 1849 - 1976.~

1866 November 30, Jerry Cochran, Postmaster.

1867 September 3, John Love, Postmaster.

1868 April 20, Jerry Cochran, Postmaster.

1868 May 19, Elizabeth Love, Postmaster.

1875 January 22, Elizabeth Love, Postmaster.

1876 November 24, John W. McCrum, Postmaster.

1877 May 25, Battle Creek, Tehama County, California Post Office discontinued. Service moved to Ball's Ferry, Shasta County, California Post Office.

1881 April 12, San Francisco Bulletin, via People's Cause, Tehama County -

Old man Weimer, the hunter and goat-herder, who has charge of a band of goats in the forks of Battle Creek, Tehama County, killed a large California lion a few days since.

Weimer was out with his goats when he heard a noise in the brush and turning around he saw the glare of the lion's eyes. He sprang to his feet, grabbed his double-barreled shotgun, walked to within 20 feet of the animal and fired both barrels, the charge taking affect in the region of the heart, killing the animal instantly.

The lion had sprung from her lair on the back of a goat and closed her teeth on the back of its neck so firmly that in her death throes the jaws were locked like a vice. The animal measures nearly six feet from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail.~

1897 June 8, Sacramento Daily Union - "Mrs. W.E. Gerber and children and Mrs. E. Lyon have gone to Battle Creek Meadows, Tehama County, for the summer."~

1910 March 19, Pacific Rural Press - The cattle ranch of W.E. Gerber of Battle Creek, Tehama County, is to be turned into a horse and mule ranch. The ranch contains over 7000 acres.~

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