In the 1930’s and 40’s, the extreme northern counties of California and the southern section of Oregon joined together to secede from their respective states and become The State of Jefferson. These rural counties had been getting the dirty end of the stick by state legislatures for years, their resources (namely timber and water) exploited while their needs for infrastructure were ignored.
Unfortunately for my ancestors, the day before the petition to secede was due to be announced, the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor, dropping us smack-dap into the bloody middle of WWII. Attention was focused elsewhere for a few years and the momentum to secede never picked up speed after that.
That’s, more or less the historical truth. http://ww.jeffersonstate.com
I grew up in Eureka, spent each summer from 1951 through 1954 with my grandparents who lived a dozen dirt road miles from Peckwan. For those of you who don’t know…
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