Colusa, CA

Colusa city is situated in the state of California, 36 miles South of Chico and 51 miles Northwest of Sacramento. It has an area of 1.8 square miles.


By the 2014 census, the city’s population was 6,091. It has increased by 141 compared to the 2013 statistics. The population’s median age was 32 in 2000. The ratio of men to women is 1.1:1. Out of the total number of people, 55 percent are married. Besides, 57 percent of the people speak English while 42 percent speak Spanish.


A man named Charles D. Semple bought a piece of land in 1849 and called it Colusi. It was later christened Colusa in 1854. The city experienced rapid development and became a favorite spot for travelers. This is because of its strategic position along the Southern Pacific Railroad. The first post office was set up in 1851.
Did you know that John S. Williams built the first house in the area in 1847 on the banks of the Sacramento River, near the present Princeton?

School System

This community boasts of 8 public schools and 1 private school. The student to teacher ratio is 14:1. Half of the population has completed some college while 11.8 have completed a bachelor’s degree.
Some of the schools in the region include George T. Egling Middle School, Charity Baptist Academy and James M. Burchfield Primary School.

Regional Highlights

This part of the State has many highlights. The Sacramento River State Recreation Area offers sites for picnics, camps and a launch ramp for small boats. This is among the best fishing stretches in the state. Here one can catch the king salmon, steelhead, striped bass and the rainbow trout. Also, there are many bird species to view.
Another place to visit is the Scenic Park on the Main Street next to the Sacramento River Recreation Area. This park spans 2.19 acres and is built on the Sacramento River Levee. Here, people enjoy serenity around the biking trail, paved walking area, trees, grass and picnic tables.
The list cannot be complete without mentioning the Woodland Opera House which was built in 1885. WOH was burned down in a massive fire that razed much of downtown Woodland. It was then rebuilt on the same spot on the remaining foundations and reopened in 1896. The WOH hosted famous performers such as Nuance O’Neil and Madame Helen Modjeska.

The city’s attributes make it unique in California. It has some of the oldest architecture including the old city hall, Carnegie Library and the IOOF building. The courthouse found here is the fourth oldest in the state.

This city is historic and offers a lot of activities to indulge in, good restaurants to dine in, fun places to visit and a rich heritage to share with the natives.


Published by Jose Espinoza, ,