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Klamath County, California

Klamath County, California
Map of California highlighting Klamath County
Location in the state of California
Map of the United States highlighting California
California's location in the U.S.
Founded 1851

Klamath County was a county of California from 1851 to 1874. During its existence, the county seat moved twice and ultimately portions of the territory it once had were carved up and added to nearby counties. It was formed from the northwestern portion of Trinity County, and originally included all of the northwestern part of the state, from the Mad River in the south to Oregon in the north, from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the middle of what is now Siskiyou County in the east.


  • History 1
  • Towns and other settlements of Klamath County 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The original county seat was Trinidad, on the county's southwestern coast. In 1854 the county seat was moved to Crescent City, because of its larger population. But the western portion of the county was unrepresentative of the mining interests in the eastern portion of the county, and so, in 1856, the county seat was moved inland, to Orleans Bar, now Orleans. In 1857, Del Norte County, including Crescent City, was split off from Klamath County.

The county's economy was never healthy after the gold rush. The area was contested with native American tribes in the 1855 Klamath and Salmon River Indian War and the 1858-1864 Bald Hills War. It suffered from the effects of the Indian wars, which disrupted the supplies to the settlements from the coastal towns. Worse still was the devastating effects of the Great Flood of 1862 which swept away the riverside settlements, mining works and ferries. In 1874 Klamath County was finally abolished, divided between Siskiyou and Humboldt counties. The official reason for dissolving of Klamath County was its electoral corruption. In one election there were many more votes tallied than voters. Present day Del Norte County occupies part of Klamath County.

Towns and other settlements of Klamath County

See also


  1. ^ a b c Theodore Henry Hittell, History of California, Volume 3, N. J. Stone, San Francisco, 1897, p.140
  2. ^ a b Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of California, Vol. VI, 1848-1859, The History company, San Francisco, 1888, p.370, note
  • , Vol. 34, No. 3, Sep., 1955California Historical Society QuarterlyCharles Kasch, Klamath County California,

External links

  • Klamath County, CA, hosed by, includes a map and documents from the defunct county.
    • Map of Klamath County, California
  • California State Association of Counties, Map of California Counties: circa 1850
  • California State Association of Counties, Map of California Counties: circa 1860
  • California State Association of Counties, Map of California Counties: circa 1870
  • California State Association of Counties, Map of California Counties: circa 1880
  • Colton's Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. Published By G. W & C. B. Colton & Co. No. 172 William St. New York., 1869; David Rumsey Historical Map Collection website accessed January 17, 2012 Shows Klamath County, California and settlements within it.

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