Tehama County History:
Tehama County was formed from parts of Butte, Colusa, and Shasta Counties in 1856. Tehama County was known for mining, agriculture and the railroad.
Today Tehama County is known for agriculture.
The City of Red Bluff is the county seat.
Site of Woodson Land Office and the Maywood Colony in Corning:
In the 1880’s, Warren Woodson met Charles Foster and they purchased 3107 acres of land just east of the town of Corning. They named this development The Maywood Colony and sold 10 acre lots, mostly to people living in the east. As these lots sold, they bought more land, eventually nearly surrounding the town of Corning. This was one of the largest real estate speculations of its time, totaling more than 40,000 acres. That is large considering that the original town of Corning was only a 161 acre railroad town.
The Woodson Land Office for the Maywood Colony was build across the street from the Hotel Maywood in 1903 and had a 75 foot tall tower, so that prospective buyers could view the town and surrounding area. In the late 1960’s, the land office was torn down to make way for a car lot.
Site of the Hotel Maywood in Corning:
Charles Foster, a former Sheriff of Tehama County and Warren Woodson built the Hotel Maywood in 1899. It was one of the finest hotels in Northern California. The upper floor was destroyed by fire in August of 1917. Today, the lower floor remains and houses the Corning City Hall, Police Department and Museum.
Tragedy at Proberta:
On November 30, 1921 at 10:25 am, the worst School Bus/Train accident in the US history up to that time occurred in Proberta, just a couple of 100 feet from US 99W. School Bus #17 that was already late due to mechanical problems, had completed picking up 14 student of Red Bluff High School from the communities of Dairyville and Gerber. The driver was also a 16 year old student.
A few miles from Red Bluff High School, where San Benito Ave crosses the rail road tracks in Proberta, a South Bound Southern Pacific Train #15, traveling at 45 to 50 MPH collided with the school bus that had not stopped for the train. The bus driver who survived until the next day, said that he did not see the train because of fog in the area. In all, 14 students died either at the accident site or within the next few days at the hospital, only one girl survived.
A search of the internet will provide much information on this horrible accident including a timeline of the morning that through several innocent circumstances caused the train and bus to meet at just the wrong time.
There are no signs or any memorial at the location today and most of the people that live and working in the area probably don’t even know of the horrible accident.
Red Bluff’s Chinatown:
The Chinese started arriving in Tehama County in the early days of mining and by the 1860’s, Red Bluff’s Chinatown covered approximately four blocks between Main Street and Rio Street from Oak Street to Cedar Street. During the 1860’s or 1870’s, the Chinese started digging tunnels under the buildings. Between the 1920’s and 1950’s, more tunnels were found during construction in the area.
There is much speculation about what the tunnels were used for, such as smoking opium and burning incense, however it is most likely that they were used for food storage and a place to stay cool during the very hot summers that Red Bluff gets.
Tehama County - The Drive:
You will enter Tehama County on Historic US 99W just north of the town of Wyo. Then pass through Corning, then Proberta, and on to the end of Historic US 99W in downtown Red Bluff. The entire route through Tehama County is on the Original Route.
Tehama County – Things To Do & Places to Stay:
• Motels and Hotels in Corning or Red Bluff
• Restaurants and Bars in Corning or Red Bluff
• Visit Old Downtown in Corning
• Visit the Old Chinatown in Red Bluff
• Visit Old Downtown in Red Bluff
• Boating/Camping/Swimming/Fishing on the Sacramento River at Red Bluff
• Also see county website, shown above.