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Pages of History: NorCal’s forgotten county

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, September 1960.

Editor’s Note: California county boundaries, far from being stationary, have ebbed and flowed through the years. Old maps and records yield many surprising facts about them. Much of this odd and little known data, interesting to newcomers and old residents alike, has been compiled by Regional News Service in a series covering the state.

Northern California once had a county which has not appeared on any map since 1874.

Two great counties, Shasta and Trinity, were the matrix from which came Humboldt, Siskiyou, Del Norte, Lassen, Modoc — and one other.

Shasta County had common boundaries with the states of Oregon and Nevada, and Trinity County had a coastline.

The ax fell on Trinity County in 1851 when its whole northern half went to the new county of Klamath. But you will search in vain to find that county on any modern map.

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