County of the Month
Congratulations to our February County of the Month, Butte! Formed in 1850, Butte County boasted a population of 220,000 people as of 2010. In addition to having several historic preservation organizations, Butte is also home to many historic mining operations, CSU Chico, several unique geologic formations and more! If you are looking for exciting local history resources in the California History Section's rich collections, then check out what we have for this county!
Did you know that residents in Butte County re-routed an entire river? It’s true! In the 1880’s and ‘90’s a local booster, Frank McLaughlin and his colleagues built a large dam and flume to re-route the Feather River at Big Bend so they could mine the old river bottom. The mining operation was a failure.
Did you know that Butte County was home to a leader of one of the earliest overland emigrant parties to come to California? It’s true! John Bidwell settled in Butte County on his Mexican land grant, Rancho Arroyo Chico.
Want to learn more? Check out our County of the Month Research Guide!
In August of 2017, in an effort to better support the work of local governments and historical societies in promoting and preserving the past, the California History Section started the County of the Month program. This recognition honors the diverse character of California's many counties while providing research tips to individuals interested in finding out more about California local history. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us.