Place:Tehama, California, United States

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Tehama County is a county located in the northern part of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,463. The county seat and largest city is Red Bluff.

Tehama County comprises the Red Bluff, CA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Redding-Red Bluff, CA Combined Statistical Area. The county is bisected by the Sacramento River.

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History

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Tehama County was formed from parts of Butte, Colusa, and Shasta Counties in 1856.

The county is named for the City of Tehama. The origin of the name is not known. Suggested possible roots are the Arabic word تهامة tehama ("hot low-lands"), the Spanish word tejamanil (shingle), or "high water" in the dialect of local Native Americans.

The first permanent settlers in the area that is now Tehama County were Robert Hasty Thomes, Albert Gallatin Toomes, William George Chard, and Job Francis Dye. The four men were each given land grants by the government of Mexico in 1844. Thomes received Rancho Saucos, Toomes received Rancho Rio de los Molinos, Chard received Rancho Las Flores, and Dye received Rancho Primer Cañon o Rio de Los Berrendos. Later in the same year Josiah Belden received Rancho Barranca Colorado.

Famous early figures include Kit Carson, who took part in a fight that gave name to Bloody Island and Battle Creek, Jedediah Smith, John Fremont, and William B. Ide, the first and only president of the California Republic.

The legacy of racism in Tehama County includes the January 1886 forced removal of Red Bluff's Chinese population, followed by the August 1886 torching of Red Bluff's Chinatown by arsonists. The January 29th, 1886 edition of The Daily Alta detailed 'The Anti-Coolie Move' and confirms that a secret anti-Chinese meeting was convened in the town of Tehama, and an organization established to remove the estimated 2,000 Chinese in and around Vina. Secret daily anti-Chinese caucuses in Red Bluff were also held.

The township of Corning, notably the Maywood Colony was remarkably strident in its profession of racist practice. The Maywood Colony was a large scale agricultural development of Warren N. Woodson, which was marketed nationally through many newspapers and periodicals. An advertisement in the February 1906 edition of Better Fruit...Better Vegetables proclaimed "There are no Japs, Chinese, Italians, Negroes, or other objectionable foreign elements being mixed up with us. They are not here because they are given no encouragement. They are not employed."

Timeline

Date Event Source
1856 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1856 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1856 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1856 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1856 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1889 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

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Census Year Population
1860 4,044
1870 3,587
1880 9,301
1890 9,916
1900 10,996
1910 11,401
1920 12,882
1930 13,866
1940 14,316
1950 19,276
1960 25,305
1970 29,517
1980 38,888
1990 49,625

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