State of Jefferson Map

State of Jefferson Map

The State of Jefferson movement started in 1941 with a suggestion by Port Orford, Oregon mayor Gilbert Gable that seven counties join together to create a new state.

He included four Oregon counties:

Curry County

Jackson County

Josephine County

Klamath County

…and three California counties:

Del Norte County

Modoc County

Siskiyou County

These counties were the original seven, but since that time there have been other proposals for a State of Jefferson, including many other counties.

In Oregon the expanded list of counties includes:

Coos County

Douglas County

Lake County

…and in California, the additional counties involved are:

Butte County

Glenn County

Humboldt County

Lassen County

Mendocino County

Plumas County

Shasta County

Tehema County

Trinity County

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I will be writing about all these counties as I work on expanding this blog.

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At this time there is no official movement to merge these counties into an actual State of Jefferson. The State of Jefferson is more like a nice idea that persists though it is highly unlikely to ever be officially recognized by the USA.

But, you never know! Maybe? Someday?

A few counties approved this movement long ago: Curry County, Del Norte County, Siskiyou County, and Trinity County.

The rest of the counties are not in any way officially involved in this movement, now or in history, and it is doubtful that the prior approvals would carry any legal weight at this point.

The writer of this blog does not advocate an official merging of these counties, politically. However as a bio-region and tourist travel destination they are merged geographically. The purpose of this blog is to describe the region for potential visitors, and to help the people of this region better appreciate all the opportunities we have available to us nearby.

The reason the State of Jefferson movement started was to help the counties in this area merge in a way that favored the needs and interests of this region.

The founding members of the State of Jefferson movement felt that the governments of Oregon and California were not adequately fulfilling the needs of residents of this remote and rural region. In particular they were unhappy with primitive roadways (dirt covered with oil) that were nearly unusable during winter months. That was in 1941.

Since then the roads have improved, but as a Siskiyou County resident I feel we have little in common with the lower 2/3 of California including Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

When people say “Northern California” they include San Francisco, which is really in Central California, you would think!

The correct name for the area north of Sacramento is Upstate California, but that includes eight counties that are not in the current list of State of Jefferson counties. Perhaps they should be included too! All these Upstate California counties have more in common with Southern Oregon than with the rest of the state of California!

The population of the State of Jefferson region, according to the 2010 census, is 1,416,424.

Here are some of the features of the counties included in the State of Jefferson area:

Butte Co.
Oroville 220,000 “Land of Natural Wealth and Beauty”
Butte Sink Wildlife Refuge
Sacramento River Wildlife Refuge
National Forests: Plumas and Lassen
Coos Co.
Coquille 63,043 Brandon Marsh Wildlife Refuge
Oregon Island Wildlife Refuge
Siskiyou Naitonal Forest
Siuslaw National Forest
Tallest living Douglas Fir tree
Curry Co.
Gold Beach 22,364 Beaches!
Oregon Island Wildlife Refuge
Siskiyou National Forest
Del Norte Co.
Crescent City 28,610 Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film Locale
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Castle Rock Wildlife Refuge
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park
Tolowa Dunes State Park
Pelican State Beach
Douglas Co.
Roseburg 107,667 Crater Lake National Park
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Siuslaw National Forest
Umpqua National Forest
Willamette National Forest
Glenn Co.
Willows 28,122 Mendocino National Forest
Sacramento Wildlife Refuge
Sacramento River Wildlife Refuge
Humboldt Co.
Eureka 134,623 Redwood National Park
Redwood State Park
Rivers: Klamath, Eel, Trinity, Mad River
King Range National Conservation Area
Humboldt Bay Wildlife Reserve
The Lost Coast
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Headwaters Forest Reserve
Trinity National Forest
Six Rivers National Forest
Little River State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Jackson Co.
Medford 203,206 Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Crater Lake National Park
Klamath National Forest
Rogue River National Forest
Umpqua National Forest
Josephine Co.
Grants Pass 82,713 Oregon Caves National Monument
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Klamath Co.
Klamath Falls 66,380 Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Crater Lake National Park
Deschutes National Forest
Fremont National Forest
Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest
Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
Winema National Forest
Lake Co.
Lakeview 7,895 Deschutes National Forest
Fremont National Forest
Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
Lassen Co.
Susanville 34,895 Lassen Volcanic National Park
Forests: Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Toiyabe
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
Lassen National Forest
Modoc National Forest
Plumas National Forest
Toiyabe National Forest
Mendocino Co.
Ukiah 87,841 King Range National Conservation Area
Mendocino National Forest
Modoc Co.
Alturas 9,686 “The Last Best Place”
“Where the West Still Lives”
Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Lava Beds National Monument
Modoc National Forest
Shasta National Forest
Modoc National Wildlife Refuge
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Plumas Co.
Quincy 20,007 Lake Almanor
Frenchman Lake
Named after the Feather River
Shasta Co.
Redding 177,223 Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Lassen Peak
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Shasta Lake
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Hat Creek Radio Observatory
Iron Mountain Mine (A toxic waste site!)
Siskiyou Co.
Yreka 44,900 Butte Valley National Grassland
Klamath National Forest
Lava Beds National Monument
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
Modoc National Forest
Rogue River National Forest
Shasta National Forest
Six Rivers National Forest
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Tehema Co.
Red Bluff 63,463 Lassen National Forest
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mendocino National Forest
Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Trinity Co.
Trinity County 13,786 Mendocino National Forest
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Six Rivers National Forest
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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4 Responses to Counties in the State of Jefferson

  1. Great info, thanks! PS, I stole some of your info and put it at my place.
    Free State of Jefferson recently posted..What Counties Make Up the State of Jefferson?My Profile

  2. dee says:

    another butte county resident and california native for the state of Jefferson!

  3. Marvin says:

    A native Oregonian living in Curry county. The State of Jefferson is the only way that Rural residents of Oregon will ever have a vote in their own future. We have been disenfranchised by the Urban liberals who have gerrymandered voting districts and made us slaves to the Federal government handouts by monopolizing our natural resources for the left wing extremist. Our only chance for freedom is to create a new State with one man, one vote. Oregon’s voter registration is filled with fraud and illegal registrations manipulated by the liberals with promises of handouts and citizenship.

  4. Sheryl Bernal says:

    Hey! You did not include Lake County, California.

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