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Defunct Counties

This page contains information about four defunct California counties, Buena Vista, Coso, Klamath, and Pautah, as well as a list of counties that have had name changes only.

Also included here is a list of original materials for the defunct county Klamath and information about where to find them.

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Buena Vista County

Buena Vista County, created by an act of the California State Legislature, passed April 30, 1855, was a failed attempt at a county created from territory of Tulare County. It was the predecessor of Kern County, which was organized successfully in 1866.

Coso County

In 1864, Coso County was approved by the California State Legislature, which designated territory in Mono and Tulare Counties to be in the new county with the county seat at Bend City. Coso County, however, was never organized. In 1866, essentially the same territory was created as Inyo County.

Klamath County

Klamath County was created in 1851 from the northern half of Trinity County. In 1857 Klamath County lost significant territory to the newly formed Del Norte County. In 1875 Klamath County was abolished and its territory was divided between Humboldt and Siskiyou Counties.
Humboldt County maintains several original materials that belonged to Klamath County.

Klamath County Records Held by Humboldt County


At the Humboldt County Library, Humboldt Room, Eureka, California, is the following book:
Susie Baker Fountain Papers
HR 979.412 v.114
KLAMATH COUNTY
Klamath Township p 36-75
Minutes of Probate Court, 1851-1874 pg 76-158
Board of Supervisors Minutes, 1861-1874 p 241-310
Klamath County Poll List, 1854 p. 393-466
Klamath County Poll List, 1861, p. 311-392
At the Humboldt County Recorder's Office, Humboldt County Courthouse, 5th Floor, Eureka, California, are the following Klamath County ledgers, books, and other records:
Grantee Index, 1850-1874
Grantor Index, 1850-1874 (typed index cards that SEEM to be an index to all of the Klamath County ledgers)
Index to Deeds, B & C, 1866-1874
Index to Mortgages, B & C, 1866-1874 (actually, it is for books A & B, not B & C)
Mortgages "E" (says E, but actually is "A")
Mortgages "B"
DEEDS "A"
DEEDS "B"
DEEDS "C"
MISCELLANY "B"
BOOK B of HOMESTEADS, Klamath County
Names:
Elizabeth A. Aber
Giles Hunt
Gaylord Lewis
Bernard Sandersen
Jas B. Tonkin
PROBATE, Klamath County
Record of Order of Sale & Confirmation of Real & Personal Estate in Probate Court
Names:
Michael Whelan/Whelen
Wm. M. Baell/Buell
Wm. Smith
C. C. artin (Artin? Martin?)
John Lauson/Lausen
Lewis/Louis Hostetter
Lorenzo Saddler (Administrator: Edwin Saddler)
RECORD OF TRINIDAD, BOOK "A", DEEDS
OFFICAL BONDS
CERTIFICATES OF SALE, 1867
PREEMPTION INDEX & CONTENTS "A"
DEED BOOK "B" Index
DEED BOOK "C" Index (this one and the one just above seem to be originals to the above index B & C combined - seems older)
BOOK A - MINING CLAIMS & MISC Agreements, Leases, Miners Claims
REGISTER OF CLAIMANTS, Probate Court, Klamath County
MECHANICS LIENS, Klamath County
REGISTER PROBATE PROCEEDINGS, Klamath County, 1864
LIS PENDENS, Klamath County, 1872
RELEASES OF MORTGAGES, BOOK A
RECORD OF MARRIAGES, Klamath County
Dates & Places of Marriage, Names:
15 Apr 1852, Trinidad, John Campbell & Mary Ann Clemons
15 Jun 1853, Crescent City, Stephen G. Pitts & Julia Ann Bradford
08 Sep 1853, Trinidad, Horace Cushing & Mrs. Caroline R. Clemons
07 Jun 1854, Crescent City, Pierre Lequeville & Anita Gonzales
01 Nov 1854, Crescent City, John P. Haynes & Martha B. Upham
01 Dec 1854, Crescent City, John W. Baker & Emeline Philips
Jan 1855, Crescent City, Mathew Nolan & Mrs. E. A. Mitchell
Jan 1855, Crescent City, Nelson Broban & Miss Melvina D. Hall
02 Mar 1855, Trinidad, John McConnighy & Miss Mary Jane Beard
26 Mar 1855, Crescent City, Wm. Shangler & Mary A. Hardin
30 Mar 1855, Crescent City, Joseph C. Carmon & Mrs. Mary French
For further reference: While Klamath County existed, the court was the 8th District Court -- for Humboldt, Klamath, and Del Norte Counties. This court became a Superior Court in about 1880. The original files for the 8th District Court cases are located at the California State Archives in Sacramento. Original files. No index in Sacramento. However, an index exists at the Humboldt County Historical Society -- upstairs where the old record books are stored. There are separate indices for defendant and plaintiff.

Pautah County

Pautah County was created in 1852 out of territory which, the state of California assumed, was to be ceded to it by the United States Congress from territory in what is now the state of Nevada. When the cession never occurred, the California State Legislature officially abolished the never-organized county in 1859.
Fearing that the state would lose out on valuable ore, Californians wanted to be certain that they got all of the territory on both sides of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. California Legislature believed that U.S. Congress would be willing to cede to California the part of the Sierra Nevada mountains not included in California's borders, so it simply moved forward and created a county from the land that it wanted. The county covered a roughly diamond-shaped area that included the modern locations of Reno, Virginia City, and Carson City, plus the entire eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. The county seat was Carsonville.
California's demand to have the land ceded to it went nowhere in Congress. The Civil War was looming and the southern representatives felt that Utah Territory (modern Utah and Nevada) should become a slave state, so they blocked any proposals to expand California's borders. Eventually, in 1859, the California Legislature repealed the act creating Pautah. Ironically, this area was the source of an enormous discovery of silver just around the time that California finally relinquished its claim.

Counties with Name Changes Only

Branciforte County was one of the original 27 counties adopted by statutes of 1850, but soon after that the legislature changed the name to Santa Cruz County.
Coloma County was a county proposed by a committee of the California Constitutional Convention. Before the statute was adopted, the legislature changed the name to El Dorado County.

The official name of Colusi County went on record on Febuary 18, 1850, as one of the original 27 counties. In 1856, the spelling was changed to Colusa County.
Fremont County was a county proposed by a committee of the California Constitutional Convention. Before the statute was adopted, the legislature changed the name to Yola County and later changed the name to Yolo County.
Mount Diablo County was a county proposed by a committee of the California Constitutional Convention. Before the statute was adopted, the legislature changed the name to Contra Costa County.
Oro County was a county proposed by a committee of the California Constitutional Convention. Before the statute was adopted, the legislature changed the name to Tuolumne County.
Redding County was a county proposed by a committee of the California Constitutional Convention. Before the statute was adopted, the legislature changed the name to Shasta County.
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