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California CountiesThe U.S. state of California is divided into fifty-eight counties. On January 4, 1850, the California constitutional committee recommended the formation of 18 counties. They were Benicia, Butte, Fremont, Los Angeles, Mariposa, Monterey, Mount Diablo, Oro, Redding, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Sutter. On April 22, the Counties of Branciforte, Calaveras, Coloma, Colusi, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Trinity, and Yuba were added. Benicia was renamed Solano, Coloma to El Dorado, Fremont to Yola, Mt. Diablo to Contra Costa, San Jose to Santa Clara, Oro to Tuolumne, and Redding to Shasta. One of the first state legislative acts regarding Counties was to rename Branciforte County to Santa Cruz, Colusi to Colusa, and Yola to Yolo.
The last California county to have been established is Imperial County in 1907.
Fresno County, California
Fresno County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named after Fresno Creek. Fresno in Spanish signifies "ash tree" and it was because of the abundance of mountain ash or ash trees in the county that it received its name.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Fresno County was formed in 1856 from parts of Mariposa, Merced and Tulare counties. Parts of Fresno County's
territory were given to Mono County in 1861 and to Madera County in 1893. The original county seat was placed in
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,017 square miles (15,585 kmē),
of which, 5,963 square miles (15,443 kmē) of it is land and 55 square miles (142 kmē) of it (0.91%) is
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"