Historical and Bucolic Colusa

If you remember my post about the Sites area a while back, I had some additional pictures from my trip home through Colusa county and along the Sacramento River. Here is that part of the trip.

The drive over from the west included a wildlife area

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These are funded by hunters and provide important animal habitats

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It was luckily full of water in a parched spring

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Dusty fields getting ready for planting

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Can you see Mt. Lassen?

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I think this one is a little clearer, but only a little

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To the south and east was the Sutter Buttes

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But the real gem was the architecture throughout the very old city of Colusa

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Their courthouse was the main reason I cam here, it is a marvelous example of classic/federal revival architecture from the height of the agricultural rush that took place after the gold rush (I love the bear)

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I got the chance to go to the first oldest working courthouse in the state at the end of the summer, which I will share coming up

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The hall of records is an annex to the main building

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I can’t believe it is over 150 years old!

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The mixture of classical greek columns with the hexagonal turret is very reflective of the style at the time to bring old-world design to impart the same authority and authenticity but without a lot of care for continuity

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Cobwebs could use some cleaning, but the columns are very ornate

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Large magnolia trees frame the building well

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I can count five different cultural appropriations here, you?

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The copper window frames really stand out

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I really wanted to be able to go up there (and inside, but only open during business hours)

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Other buildings in the town were equally historic

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You can tell they are old by the arched brick windows (in the 1900s we developed more advanced window and building technology in non-stone structures that didn’t require the design feature)

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The odd fellows hall (in most every town in California) had a very distinct design as well

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This at one point may have been the most prestigous building in town

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As you can see by the detailed moulding and crown work (I love those lions)

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Seems older than 1911, but that is 104 years ago

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They had a recently redeveloped a park on the levee protecting town from the Sacramento, but it was so full of vagrants that I left pretty quick and didn’t get any good pics

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Another historic home behind the levee

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On the drive home I had more great views of the buttes

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Along with the budding agriculture

 

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But some didn’t have enough water to sustain their orchards

 

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The rice farmers were able to do some of their fields and I appreciate all that they do for our valley

 

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I like how they keep some of the old trees in the middl of their fields

 

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The golden rice buds were starting to show nicely

 

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The river was very peaceful in places

 

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With very large alders, willows and other riparian trees

 

 

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There was even a beach and a motor boat in one section

 

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But the oddest thing of the trip was this old, bright blue building along the road/river in the middle of nowhere

 

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Next up: Former hot springs with equally old history from the south bay area

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