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SAN DIEGO COUNTY is California's 2nd most populated county with a recent count of 2,911,500 people. It is the 11th largest county for land mass with 4,281 square miles and shares a border with Mexico to the South.  Historic Old Town, Balboa Park, Sea World, SD Zoo, SD Wild Animal Park, Mission, Point Loma Lighthouse, Star of India,  Trolly to Tijuana, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary, Cabrillo Landing Site -San Diego, Scripps Aquarium, Art Galleries, Shops -La Jolla, Hotel del Coronado, Legoland, Flower Fields, Antiques -Carlsbad, Surfing Museum -Oceanside   Rated 8th in the state for agriculture with Nursery, Avocados, Eggs   SAN DIEGO- Created 1850. Named after San Diego Bay, which had been rechristened by Vizcaino in 1602, in honor of the Franciscan, San Diego de Alcala de Henares, whose name was borne by his flagship. www.co.san-diego.ca.us Historical Landmarks

ORANGE COUNTY is California's 4th largest county with a recent population count of  2,828, 400. It ranks #50 for land mass with 785 square miles. Home to Disneyland, California Adventure -Anaheim, Knotts Berry Farm, Soak City, Medieval Times, Wild Bill's, Wax Museum -Buena Park, Mission San Juan Capistrano, South Coast Plaza, Performing Arts Center -Costa Mesa, Balboa Pavilion, Fun Zone and Ferry Boat -Newport Beach,  Nixon Library -Yorba Linda, The Block with Van's Skate, antique shops -Orange, Crystal Cathedral -Garden Grove, Little Saigon, -Westminster, Catamarans to Catalina Island out of Newport Beach & Dana Point, art galleries and Pageant of the Masters -Laguna Beach, world's top ranked Ritz Carlton -Laguna Niguel, fine golf courses, shopping, ocean dining and hotels with ocean views    ORANGE  Created 1889. This county was given the name of Orange for its extensive orange groves.  www.oc.ca.gov Historical Landmarks

LOS ANGELES COUNTYY is California's largest county with a population of just under 10 million people (9,884,300 people counted in 2000). It is the 12th largest county for land mass with  4,079 square miles. Universal Studios Hollywood, Catalina Island cruises -San Pedro, Korean Freedom Bell -San Pedro, Los Angeles Zoo, Port of Los Angeles Cruises, Getty Museum,  Studio Tours, Rodeo Drive shops, Hollywood sign, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Modern Art Museum, Griffith Observatory Lazerium, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Forum, Colisuem, Gamble House, Froank Lloyd Wright Ennis House & Freeman House, Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome, Pacific Asia Museum, mission, several universities. Muscle Beach -Venice,  Rose Parade and Rose Bowl -Pasadena, Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, Santa Anita Horse Racing, Los Angeles Arboretum -Arcadia   LOS ANGELES  Created 1850. The words los angeles literally mean "the angels" and are a contraction of the original name Pueblo del Rio de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula (the Town of the River of Our Lady, Queen of the Angeles). www.co.la.ca.us   Historical Landmarks

RIVERSIDE is California's 3rd largest with 7,243 square miles of land. 3rd largest for population with  1,522,900 people.  Revolving Aerial Tramway-Palm Springs Mission Inn- Riverside, Los Angeles County Fair-Pomona RIVERSIDE  Created 1893.  from portions of San Diego and San Bernardino counties and derived its name from the City of Riverside, christened when the upper canal of the Santa Ana River reached it in 1871.  www.co.riverside.ca.us Historical Landmarks

SAN BERNARDINOO has the most land mass, with  20,164 square miles. 5th most populated county with 1,689,300 people. Recreational Hiking, Skiing, Mountain Biking, Camping and Sports in Mountains    SAN BERNARDINO  Created 1853. Saint Bernard is the patron saint of mountain passes. The name Bernardino means "bold as a bear." The Spanish gave the name San Bernardino to the snowcapped peak in southern California, in honor of the saint.  www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us 
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VENTURA is California's 12th largest for population with 756,500.  Channel Islands Park, Perry Mason-Ventura, Factory Outlets -Oxnard    VENTURA  Created in 1782 when the Mission San Buenaventura was founded as San Buenaventura (now known as Ventura). Buenaventura is composed of two Spanish words, buena meaning "good" and ventura meaning "fortune." www.ventura.org/vencnty.htm / Historical Landmarks

        

SANTA BARBARAA COUNTY is California's 16th largest county for population with a recent count of 414,200. It is the 21st largest county for land mass with 2,745 square miles. Mission, university, shopping, artists street fair weeky, skate park, Museum of Art, Museum of History, Carousel at Beach -Santa Barbara, wineries, Flower Fields, Mission -Lompoc, Danish Aebleskivers, shopping, horse drawn cart rides, Mission -Solvang, Stagecoach Museum -Santa Ynez, Sand Dunes -Oso Flaco, Anderson's Split Pea Soup and Ostrich Farm  -Buellton.   SANTA BARBARA   Created 1850. The Santa Barbara Channel received its name from Sebastian Vizcaino when he sailed over the channel waters in 1602. In 1782, Padre Junipero Serra dedicated a site near the channel for a presidio and on Dec. 4, 1786, he founded the nearby Mission Santa Barbara (Saint Barbara). The county derives its name from the mission. www.co.santa-barbara.ca.us Historical Landmarks

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY is California's 19th largest county with a recent count of  245,200 people. It is the 16th largest county for land mass with  3,326 square miles. Home of Hearst Castle -San Simeon, Elephant Seals -Piedras Blancas, wineries, historic towns -Arroyo Grande, fising and boat tours -Morro Bay, art galleries -Cambria, shopping, university, mission and street fairs -San Luis Obispo and fine beach views and dining along its coast.  SAN LUIS OBISPO  Created 1850. In 1772, the Mission San Luis Obispo was established here by Padre Junipero Serra and named for Saint Luis, the Bishop of Toulouse. The county's name comes from the mission. www.SLOCounty.org
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MONTEREY COUNTY is California's 11thlargest county  with a recent population of 399,300. It is the 17th largest county for land mass with 3,324 square miles. Rated 3rd in state for agriculture with Lettuce, Broccoli, Strawberries. Scenic Highway 1 -Big Sur, Monterey Bay Aquarium & Cannery Row, Steinbeck Museum -Salinas, Pebble Beach Golf, Art Galleries, Shops and Mission -Carmel  MONTEREY  Created 1850. It derived its name from the Bay of Monterey. The word itself is composed of the Spanish words monte and rey, and literally means "king of the forest." The bay was named by Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602, in honor of the Conde de Monterey, the Viceroy of New Spain.  www.co.monterey.ca.us
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SANTA CRUZ population of 255,000 ranks 30th largest. SANTA CRUZ  Created 1850. County was named  Branciforte after the Spanish pueblo founded there in 1797. Less than two months later, the name was changed to Santa Cruz. Established in 1791 and completed in 1794, the Santa Cruz Mission was destroyed by earthquake in 1857, but a smaller scale replica was erected in 1931. Santa Cruz signifies "holy cross."  www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us
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SAN MATEO
COUNTY 531 sq. miles

STANISLAUS
- Population: 459,864 1,521 Square Miles  Created 1854. The word Stanislaus is a corruption of Estanislao, the baptismal name of a mission-educated renegade Indian chief who led a band of Indians in a series of battles against Mexican troops. He was finally defeated by General Mariano G. Vallejo in 1826. The county is named for the Stanislaus River, first discovered by Gabriel Moraga in 1806, and later renamed Rio Estanislao for the Indian chief. 

ALAMEDA COUNTY   population is approx. 1, 500,000.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY  was incorporated in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties of the State of California (the "State"), with the City of Martinez as the County Seat. It is one of the nine counties in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. The County is the ninth most populous county in California, with its population close to 1 million.


SANTA CLARA
is California's 6th largest county for population with a recent count of 1,736,700 people. It is home to "Silicon Valley". It ranks #38 for land mass with 1,316 square miles. SANTA CLARA  Created 1850. The county is named after Mission Santa Clara, which was established in 1777, and named for Saint Clara of Assisi, Italy. The name Clara means "clear" or "bright."  www.santaclaracounty.org 
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SAN FRANCISCO
is California's 15th largest county for population with a recent count of  801,400 people. It ranks #58 for land mass with 91 square miles. SAN FRANCISCO  Created 1850. The sixth mission in California was established here by Padre Junipero Serra on October 9, 1776, and was named Mission San Francisco de Asis a la Laguna de los Dolores (Saint  Francis of Assisi at the Lagoon of Sorrows). The mission is now known as "Mission Dolores."  Web Site: www.ci.sf.ca.us 
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SOLANO COUNTY mid-way between two of the nation’s most dynamic metropolitan regions - San Francisco and Sacramento California.Located approx. 45 miles northeast of San Francisco & 45 miles southwest of Sacramento. The County covers 823 sq. miles, a majority of which lies in the Sacramento Valley. Bordered by Napa, Yolo, Sacramento and Contra Costa Counties. The County was formed in 1850. Population is approx. 406,000


SONOMA COUNTY
Approx. population is 471,000 and has 1598 sq. miles.

MARIN
was created on Feb. 18, 1850. Estimated pop. is 250,000. The origin of its name was was possibly derived from Chief Marin of the Licatiut tribe of Indians who inhabited that section and waged fierce battle against Spanish explorers. The name may also have come from an abbreviation for Bahia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario la Marinera by Ayala, the bay between San Pedro and San Quentin point. www.co.marin.ca.us
NAPA has a for population of approximately 127,000 people. Created February 18, 1850 the County Seate was named after Napa Valley. The word napa is of Indian derivation and has  been variously translated as "grizzly bear," "house," "motherland" or "fish." Of the many explanations of the name's origin, the most plausible seems to be that it is derived from the Patwin word napo meaning house.  (707) 253-4421  www.co.napa.ca.us 
SACRAMENTO COUNTY  population 1,209,500. The City of Sacramento is home to the California State Capitol and Historic Old Town Sacramento, Train Museum, Sutter's Fort and Landing, State Indian Museum.  It ranks #42 for land mass with 1,015 square miles. SACRAMENTO  Created 1850. The county was named by Captain Moraga after the Sacramento River. The word Sacramento signifies "Sacrament" or "Lord's Supper."  Web Site: www.co.sacramento.ca.us 
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TUOLUMNE COUNTY
has 53,000 people and is 23rd in land mass with 2,293 square miles. TUOLUMNE Created 1850. The name Tuolumne is of Indian origin and has been given different meanings, such as Many Stone Houses, The Land of Mountain Lions and Straight Up Steep, the later an interpretation of William Fuller, a native Indian Chief. In his report to the first state Legislature, Vallejo said that the word is "a corruption of the Indian word talmalamne which signifies "cluster of stone wigwams." The name may mean "people who dwell in stone houses," i.e., in caves.  Historical Landmarks
MENDOCINO was created on Feb. 18, 1850 and has approx. 90,000 population.  3510 sq. miles of land make up Mendocino County; the seat is Ukiah. The county derived its name from Cape Mendocino. It is an  adjective form of the family name of Mendoza and honors either Antonio de Mendoza, Viceroy of New Spain or Lorenzo Suarez de Mendoza, Viceroy from 1580 to 1583.  www.co.mendocino.ca.us
HUMBOLDT COUNTY has 127,600 people.  County seat, Eureka. Created May 12, 1853. The county derived its name from Humboldt Bay which was entered by a sea otter party in 1806, but was not rediscovered until 1849. In 1850, Douglas Ottinger and Hans Buhne entered the bay, naming it Humboldt in honor of the great naturalist and world explorer, Baron  Alexander von Humboldt. www.co.humboldt.ca.us