Colusa (formerly Colusi, Colusi’s, Koru and Salmon Bend) is a city in and the county seat of Colusa County, California. Take a look below for 20 fun and bizarre facts about Colusa, California, United States.
1. The population was 5,971 at the 2010 census, up from 5,402 at the 2000 census.
2. Colusi originates from the local Coru Native American tribe, who in the 1840s lived on the opposite side of the Sacramento River.
3. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land. According to the United States Geological Survey, the city’s location is at 39°12′52″N 122°00′34″W.
4. Colusa is on the Sacramento River, which has a high levee so that the river is not clearly apparent from the city.
5. Colusa features a historic Chinatown, Carnegie Library building constructed in 1905, and an architecturally noteworthy courthouse built in a classical style, among its historically notable buildings.
6. In 1850, Charles D. Semple purchased the Rancho Colus Mexican land grant on which Colusa was founded and called the place Salmon Bend.
7. The town was founded, under the name Colusi, by Semple in 1850.
8. The first post office was established the following year, 1851.
9. The California legislature changed the town’s (and the county’s) name to Colusa in 1854.
10. The town flourished due to its location on the Southern Pacific Railroad.
11. Several travelers rest stops were established at various road distances from Colusa, including Five Mile House, Seven Mile House, Nine Mile House, Ten Mile House, Eleven Mile House, Fourteen Mile House (also called Sterling Ranch), Sixteen Mile House (at the current location of Princeton), and Seventeen Mile House.
12. The original settlement of what became Colusa was originally placed at the site of Seven Mile House but subsequently removed to its current site in 1850.
13. The crime drama movie …tick…tick…tick… (1970), starring Jim Brown, was filmed in downtown Colusa, featuring the historic courthouse.
14. The setting of the film in Mississippi is referred to as “Colusa County”.
15. The movie explores what happens when an African-American is elected sheriff for the town.
16. On July 10, 1887, convicted murderer Hong Di, an immigrant from China, was dragged from the Colusa jail and was forced by over a hundred and fifty men through the streets of Colusa’s Chinatown, before he was hanged from the rafters of the locomotive turntable of the Colusa and Lake Railroad. Di, who had worked as a servant for the Billiou family of St. Johns, California, had shot and killed his employer Julie Billiou on April 7, 1887. He was captured on May 22, 1887, near Gridley, California.
17. Colusa County industry is dominated by agriculture, primarily in rice crops and tree nuts like almonds and walnuts. It’s one of the top rice producing counties in the United States with over 135,000 acres harvested in 2016.
18. Major employers in Colusa include Colusa County and Colusa Unified School District. Sunsweet Growers has a plant just outside of city limits.
19. Colusa is served by the Colusa Unified School District formed by three schools: Burchfield Primary School, Egling Middle School, and Colusa High School.
20. The high school’s mascot is the Redhawks. Starting in the 2011–12 academic year, the name of the high school mascot was changed from the Redskins to the Redhawks amid controversy over using names and insignia deemed derogatory toward Native Americans.