Modoc County is located in the North East corner of California and I spent a couple of days there this past summer. Mo and I went horseback riding and gardening, Jim and I wandered his new property south of Eagleville, CA, and I also took a few moments to try and capture the uniqueness of the area. One of the things that I loved were the buildings. From the small cabins to the two story homes, from the local corner grocer to the abandoned store fronts, and from the stone buildings that have stood the test of time to the pealing paint of a long ago add beside a back door. There’s so much history and character to small towns. I can’t help but find them stunningly beautiful in their honesty.
Modoc County sits next to Oregon and Nevada. Its the third least populated county in the state and a large portion of it is federal land. Besides farming and ranching federal jobs help to keep the economy going in the area.
Random facts of Alturas… it’s the county seat and and it’s motto is “Where the West Still Lives”. In full disclosure, there’s not much else that I know about the place other than that there are a whole bunch of Juniper trees which also lends it’s self to the aroma of cat urine. I’ve been told you get used to it. Haha!
There are some places that I’d like to explore the next time I’m up there. Supposedly there’s a ghost town named Centerville. Then there’s Tule Lake and Lost River along with the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge. Rumor has it that there are over 240 bird species at the MNWR. Also, I’d like to go hiking and horseback riding in the Warner mountains and wandering around the small towns like Likely, Alturas, Canby, and more. Then there’s Big Valley and Jess Valley.