The illustrated atlas and history of Yolo County, California

In the publication of this work we have sought to produce a book that should possess sufficient merit to warrant its becoming the future standard by which, in the coming time, may be viewed the past and present of that treated within its pages. Perfection we do not claim, but have striven to approach as near that point as possible in each of the several departments. In the map some inaccuracies may be found, and if this were not so, it would be the first without errors ever published; but we do claim that it will compare favorably in this particular with any like publication ever produced on this coast. It is arranged to show the county divided into quarter-sections, and the owner of each. The colors represent the voting precincts, two or more of which combine to make even, other legal subdivision of the county. The names read to the north, and the range and number of townships are given on the margin of each of the six sections into which it is divided. The views, in some instances, have been drawn contrary to the conception of the artists, because of the demands of the patrons; but we are pleased to be able to say that there are but few illustrations of this kind. The artists who have sketched for this work are masters in their line, and by comparison with like publications, this fact could be more fully appreciated. It will also be observed that in the biographies some persons have been given more space than others a fact due, not to partiality, but to the limited information furnished by some from which I write. The portraits are from photographs furnished by the subjects or their friends, and ore very accurate reproductions, but in some instances they represent the parties as they looked several years prior to 1879. Of the history, we need make no comment, the name of the author guaranteeing sufficiently its value.


Table of Contents


CHAPTER I. Discovery of and failure to occupy California by the Spanish 1
CHAPTER II. Occupation of Lower California by the Jesuits 3
CHAPTER III. Conquest of Upper California by the Franciscans 4
CHAPTER IV. Downfall of the Missions 7
CHAPTER V. Spanish Military Occupation 8
CHAPTER VI. Fourteen of the twenty-four years that California was a Mexican Territory 9
CHAPTER VII. The last ten years that California was a Mexican Territory 10
CHAPTER VIII. The Bear-flag War, and what led to it 13
CHAPTER IX. The War commenced by the Rear-flag party ends in the conquest of California by the United States 16
CHAPTER X. The Flores Insurrection 18
CHAPTER XI. California after the Conquest, until admitted into the Union as a State in 1850 21



CHAPTER I. Introduction and Plan of the Work 26
CHAPTER II. Occupation of the Country by Trappers 27
CHAPTER III. Settlement of the Valley from 1889 to the organization of the County, in 1860 29
CHAPTER IV. Elections, with statistics 36
CHAPTER V. Stock-raising and Stock-stealing 40
CHAPTER VI. Agriculture, with statistics 42
CHAPTER VII. The Grange Movement 46
CHAPTER VIII. The Winds, Rains and Seasons 47
CHAPTER IX. Floods, Snowstorms and Earthquakes 52
CHAPTER X. Swamp Lands and Reclamation 57
CHAPTER XI. The Churches of Yolo County 58
CHAPTER XII. Secret and other Societies in Yolo County, with brief history of the origin of each 62
CHAPTER XIII. History of Schools, with statistics 68
CHAPTER XIV. Towns, Settlements and County-seat Contests 71
CHAPTER XV. Newspapers and Editors 78
CHAPTER XVI. Irrigation Facilities, and results of 80




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Over three and a half centuries have passed since a representative of the civilized race, standing upon the heights of Panama, beheld for the first time the placid bosom of our Pacific Ocean. It was a Spaniard that destiny had selected to stand in history at the threshold of a new era, and part the screen that hid from the world a stage on which mankind were to commence a new act in the drama of life Vasco Nufiez de Balboa was the name of that fortunate man. In 1513, he was guided by an Indian to the place where, spread out before him, lay sleeping the legendary waters "beyond America," that conquerors and kings had sought for in vain. The event rescued his name from oblivion, but its owner, because of cruelty, periled miserably at the hands of the race of whom one had been his guide.