The California Counties Project

Over the past ten years, I have contributed to and sourced many Wikipedia articles, mostly relating to US history and geography. In the process, I learned many fun facts and anecdotes, read many things that probably weren’t true and cleaned up a lot of vandalism. I spent more time than I ever needed to, digging through archives, Googling excerpts from books I don’t own, and reading local newspapers and publications. Our true history should be accessible and accurate, and I’ve really enjoyed learning and contributing.

The next few posts I make will be dedicated to sharing a few lists of fun facts I’ll curate from some pages of notes I have relating to the counties of California. Hopefully you’ll find the exhibition to be as fun and interesting as I do. I am a homesick Californian, this helps me cope.

I’m going to post six at a time, in staggered alphabetical order. If you are from one of these counties, or have a fun fact, leave a comment!

Before I begin, here’s a quick overview of California history*:

  • Human first arrived in California about 15,000 years ago
  • As many as 1/3 of all natives in the United States region may have been in California at one time
  • First European contact was in 1542 by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
  • The area fell under Spanish colonial rule from 1769 to 1821
  • Mexico ruled the territory from 1826-1846
  • The Treaty of Guadelupe-Hidalgo ended the Mexican-American War in 1848 and arranged for the United States to purchase the land
  • The Gold Rush begins in 1848
  • California was admitted as a state in 1850
  • The Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869
  • Star Trek V: The Final Fronteir is filmed in Yosemite Park in 1989

The list begins here.

*Fear not, I have sources for these claims. This site is under construction, but I will add them.
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