City History
City History
The word Colusa is derived from the name of the Coru Indian tribe. For hundreds, possibly thousands, of years, the tribe lived on the west side of the Sacramento River. As the story goes, the Coru Indians came to be known by the French explorers that were coming into the area around the 1840s as the “Colus” because of twisted pronunciation, and the Indians came to accept the new name. The culture of the Colus was simple and the group was generally peaceful, leaving disputes to be settled by the tribal chief. They gathered nuts, berries and roots and caught waterfowl and fish from the river. Their lives evolved around the river and the children often learned to swim before they could walk. However, in less than a generation after the white man arrived, the Colus and their way of life had passed from the scene.
The town of Colusa was incorporated in 1868. The first Board of Trustees were: Stewart Harris - Mayor, Eric Haplin, Lewis Carey, Henry Culp was the first town Marshall.
 

Historical Places
Colusa County Court House
547 Market Street
Built in 1860
Dedicated California Historical Landmark #890 on July 4, 1976. This is the 2nd Oldest working Courthouse in the State of California.
 
Judge Harmon M. Albery House
659 Jay Street
Built in 1874
Dedicated Colusa Historical Landmark #1 on May 6, 1977
 
I.O.O.F. Building
141 5th Street
Built in 1892
Dedicated Colusa Historical Landmark #2 on May 6, 1977
The building was given a Award of Merit to Colusa Lodge #133, I.O.O.F. for Preservation & Rehabilitation, the Plaque placed by the Preservation Committee, City of Colusa, May 18, 2000.
 
Old Chinatown District
375 Main Street
Built in 1890
Dedicated Colusa Historical Landmark #3 on May 23, 1978
 
Colusa Grammar School (City Hall)
425 Webster Street
Built in 1918
Dedicated Colusa Historical Landmark #4 on December 14, 1977
Colusa City Hall - Dedicated December 14, 1977
City Council: E. Douglas White Jr. - Mayor, Kenneth I. Flagor Sr., Bhupindar Dhillon, Jean Hicok Pechnick and Anthony Zaragoza.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the US Department of the Interior in June of 1978.
 
Colusa Union High School & Grounds
745 10th Street
Built in 1926
Dedicated Colusa Historical Landmark #5 on May 23, 1978
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the US Department of the Interior in August of 1976.
This Building Dedicated to Truth - Liberty - Toleration by The Native Sons of the Golden West, September 6, 1926.
 
First Christian Church
725 Jay Street
Built in 1869
Dedicated Colusa Historical Landmark #6 on October 8, 1978
 
Old China Town District
700 Block of Main Street
Built in 1890
Dedicated Colusa Historical Landmark #7 on May 23, 1978
 
Our Lady of Lourdes Church
345 Oak Street
Built in 1880
Dedicated Colusa Historical Landmark #8 on October 12, 1981
 
Carnegie Library (Colusa City Police Department)
260 6th Street
Built in 1906
Dedicated Colusa Historical Landmark #9 on October 6, 1981
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, December 10, 1990
 
St. Stephens Episcopal Church
642 5th Street
Built in 1894
Dedicated Colusa Historical Landmark #10 on January 19, 1986
 
William Semple Green House
220 6th Street
Built 1868
Dedicated Colusa Historical Landmark #11 on May 15, 2002
Listed as California National Landmark by the California State Historical Resources Commission #831-1 on May 15, 2002.