Mendocino County, California
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Mendocino County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood.
The county derives its name from Cape Mendocino, which was probably named in honor of either Antonio de Mendoza, Viceroy of New Spain, 15351542 (who sent the Juan Cabrillo Expedition to this coast in 1542), or Lorenzo Suarez de Mendoza, Viceroy from 1580 to 1583. Mendocino is the adjectival form of the family name of Mendoza.
In the 19th century, the county witnessed many of the most serious atrocities in the extermination of the Californian Native American tribes who originally lived in the area, like the Yuki, the Pomo and the Wintun. The systematical occupation of their lands, the reduction of many of their members into slavery and the raids against their settlements led to the Mendocino War in 1859, where hundreds of Indians were killed. Later, the segregation continued well into the 20th century. - Wikipedia

 

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Neighboring counties

Glenn County, California
Humboldt County, California
Lake County, California
Sonoma County, California
Tehama County, California
Trinity County, California

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County Courthouse
501 Low Gap Road
Ukiah, CA 95482-3734
Phone: (707) 463-4441
Fax: (707) 463-4245
 

County Seat: Ukiah
Year Organized: 1850
Square Miles: 3,509

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