Welcome to a land of varied destinations
Valleys, mountains, rivers, lakes and buttes give outdoor lovers a wide range of choices for those who want to hike, bike, bird watch, hunt or fish. More Butte County
This seaside outdoor playground offers some of the finest fishing, hunting and outdoor experiences in Northern California. More Humboldt County
Outdoor life is year-round in Jackson County and what to do can get confusing if you consider the countless choices. More Jackson County
There are so many wonderful outdoor destinations here most visitors and even some locals never get the opportunity to see and enjoy them all. More Shasta County
An outdoor paradise and step-back in time -- Northeast California between Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. More Intermountain/Hat Creek Area
Anglers head out early on the Gem of Lassen County so as to be in position when fishing starts at first light. More Eagle Lake
The Mythical State of Jefferson
The history books and stars in our flag tell us there are 50 states in the U.S.A. but did you know there could have been and still is a 51st State in the minds of many residents of Northern California and Southern Oregon?
It’s true! Back in 1941 representatives from the border counties of both states met in Yreka, CA to make plans to secede from their respective states to form the State of Jefferson, which at that time would have been the 49th state in the union.
The citizens of this area believed that Salem and Sacramento were ignoring their needs so a plan was made to obtain federal aid for much needed road and bridge construction. On December 4th, 1941, secession was agreed upon and the residents actually elected a governor.
Unfortunately, three days later the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the formal statehood movement came to an end and the secessionists rolled up their sleeves and went to work to aid the war effort.The memory of this effort remains very strong and the name “Jefferson” is used commonly to describe much of the region, which some say included 12 Northern California Counties and seven Southern Oregon Counties. To many residents the State of Jefferson still exists -- testament to the independent mindset of the people who still feel cut off from their respective capitals. The area remains a popular place to live and recreate.
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