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The 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. The last California county to have been established is Imperial County in 1907.

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Siskiyou County, California

Siskiyou County Education, Geography, and HistorySiskiyou County, Califronia Courthouse

Siskiyou County is a county located in the northernmost part of the state of California. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 44,900. The county seat is Yreka. Siskiyou County was founded on March 22, 1852 from Klamath County and Shasta County. This county was named for the word siskiyou. The origin of the word siskiyou is not known.

Siskiyou County is located in the Shasta Cascade region along the Oregon border. Because of its outdoor recreation opportunities and Gold Rush era history, it is an important tourist destination within the state.

Etymology - Origin of Siskiyou County Name

The origin of the word siskiyou is not known. One version is that it is the Chinook Indian word for "bob-tailed horse." Another version, given in an argument before the state Senate in 1852, is that the French name Six Callieux, meaning "six-stone," was given to a ford on the Umpqua River by Michel La Frambeau and a party of Hudson Bay company trappers in 1832, because six large stones or rocks lay in the river where they crossed. Still others attribute the name to a local tribe of Indians.

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Siskiyou County History

Yreka is the Siskiyou County seat which was created March 22, 1852, and named after the mountain range. The origin of the word Siskiyou is not known. One version is that it is the Chinook Indian word for "bob-tailed horse." Another version, given in an argument before the state Senate in 1852, is that the French name Six Cailloux, meaning "six-stone," was given to a ford on the Umpqua River by Michel La Frambeau and a party of Hudson's Bay company trappers in 1832, because six large stones or rocks lay in the river where they crossed. Still others attribute the name to a local tribe of Indians.

Geography: Land and Water

Siskiyou County is located in inland northern California, adjacent to the Oregon border. Greater than 60% of the land within the County is currently managed by agencies of the Federal and State governments. These include: The USD.A. Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management; US Fish and Wildlife Service; and California Department of Fish and Game. These lands are maintained in various National Forests; Parks; Wilderness Areas; National Grasslands; National Wildlife Refuges; and State Wildlife Areas.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Jackson County, Ore.
  • Northeast: Klamath County, Ore.
  • East: Modoc County
  • Southeast: Shasta County
  • Southwest: Trinity County; Humboldt County
  • West: Del Norte County
  • Northwest: Josephine County, Ore.

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