State of Jefferson counties
The State of Jefferson has to do with geography and a state of mind:
Geography: The unique identity of the mountain border region of
northern California and southern Oregon, its lands and its people. In
the late 1930”s and early 1940’s there was a secession movement to
combine portions of the border regions, and possibly portions of Nevada
and form a new state. Many of the people of the region felt that their
interests were not common with or being represented by their state
governments. Much progress was made until the advent of WWII. Pearl
Harbor was bombed by the Japanese on December 7th and the United States
was in the midst of World War II bringing an end to the effort.
State of mind: Self sufficiency, independence, resourcefulness,
vision, prosperity, and the willingness to work toward a common goal are
elements still alive and well.