1930s County Consolidation Movement

Lassen County Map
Lassen County, 1907
While there is plenty of chatter of late regarding a Calexit or State of Jefferson one of the more interesting and plausible movements was to consolidate California’s 58 counties into 27. In 1933, California Assemblyman B.F. Feigenbaum made the proposal, citing with highways and transportation facilities there was no longer a need to have a courthouse at everyone’s back door. He said the cost savings would be tremendous and noted rising costs that in 1911 county government cost was $39 million and in 1930 had ballooned to $299 million. In our neck of the woods, Lassen Plumas and Sierra would be combined as one. Our neighbors, Shasta and Tehama would merge, and the same with Modoc and Siskiyou.

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  1. Hallo Tim! Thanks for a wonderful site.
    Books describing how Swedes lived in Lassen, county?
    Nels Johnson came to Butte, Siskiyou, in 1910.
    1930 at the age of 51, it appears that Nels lived and worked as a contractor in Honey Lake, Lassen, Sierra, Street, California.
    Nels had two brothers, Andrew and Magnus also emigrated from Jonas Andersson family from Gustas in Sweden.
    These three brothers died in Lassen.

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