California CountiesThe U.S. state of California is divided into fifty-eight counties. On January 4, 1850, the California constitutional committee recommended the formation of 18 counties. They were Benicia, Butte, Fremont, Los Angeles, Mariposa, Monterey, Mount Diablo, Oro, Redding, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Sutter. On April 22, the Counties of Branciforte, Calaveras, Coloma, Colusi, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Trinity, and Yuba were added. Benicia was renamed Solano, Coloma to El Dorado, Fremont to Yola, Mt. Diablo to Contra Costa, San Jose to Santa Clara, Oro to Tuolumne, and Redding to Shasta. One of the first state legislative acts regarding Counties was to rename Branciforte County to Santa Cruz, Colusi to Colusa, and Yola to Yolo.
The last California county to have been established is Imperial County in 1907.
Mendocino County, California
Mendocino County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
The county derived its name from Cape Mendocino, which was probably named in honor of either Antonio de Mendoza, Viceroy of New Spain, 1535-1542 (who sent the Juan Cabrillo Expedition to this coast in 1542), or Lorenzo Suarez de Mendoza, Viceroy from 1580 to 1583. Mendocino is an adjective form of the family name of Mendoza.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Mendocino County was one of California's original 27 counties, created in 1850 by the State Legislature. Because of
its small population, Mendocino County was administered by the government of Sonoma County until 1859, when the
government was established in a small building on Main Street in Ukiah. County officials moved into the first courthouse
at the site bounded by Standley, Perkins, State and Schools streets on January 24, 1860.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,878 square miles (10,044 kmē),
of which, 3,509 square miles (9,088 kmē) of it is land and 369 square miles (956 kmē) of it (9.52%) is
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"