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Homesteading in Mendocino County -- An Abundance of Game -- Streams Filled With Trout

Rare lettersheet map of Mendocino County, published by the Mendocino County Clerk's Office in 1902, outlining the process of publishing a notice of Homestead for William J. Shore. 

The map includes a rough topographical sketch of the County, locating towns, roads, the Round Valley Indian Reservation, rivers, coves, bays, etc.  A number of statistics for Mendocino County are given, including:

  • Size - 3,460 square miles
  • Farming land - 160,000 acres
  • Grazing land - 1,100,000 acres
  • Timber - 850,000 acres
  • Unentered Goverment Land 1,242,000 acres
  • Population - 23,000 
  • High Schools - 2
  • Primary Schools - 60
  • Grammer Schools - 77
  • Total Students - 5,104
  • Female Teachers - $63 (presumably compensation per month)
  • HIgh School - $102 

The map includes a letter on the verso on the letterhead of Hale McCowen, County Clerk of Mendocino County, signed by James R. Elder, Deputy Clerk.  

The letter, written to William J. Shore of Willits, California on July 22, 1902, describes the process by which a Homestead Notice was published in local newspapers (likely the Willits Herald), cost of recording, process of selection, payment, etc.