What Was Wrong with Washington?



To change and fix the County Seat of the County of Yolo.

[Approved March 25, 1857.]

The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows ;

Section 1. That from and after the first day of June, A. D. eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, the county seat of said County of Yolo, shall be, and is hereby changed from the town of Washington, (the present county seat of said county,) to a place on Cache Creek, in said county, heretofore, and now known as ” Hutton’s,” but which shall be known and thereafter called by the name of Cacheville; and said Cacheville is hereby declared to be the county seat of said County of Yolo, from and after the first day of June, aforesaid.

(Woodland became the county seat in 1862.)


Filed under: California History


  1. This was the year of one of the biggest floods on record. Washington (the neighborhood at the foot of the west side of the I Street Bridge) was presumably flooded, so the County seat moved to Cacheville (now known as Yolo).

    Comment by Chris Lee — 2.27.2012 @ 10:35 am

  2. Looking back to those days, one would think the ‘county seat’ was an actual chair that could be tossed in the back of the wagon to be hauled thither and yon.

    Comment by JoAnn Anglin — 2.27.2012 @ 11:27 am

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