YUBA  COUNTY  HISTORY

MARYSVILLE

THE TOWN OF MARYSVILLE

from the Marysville Herald
August 1850

The town of Marysville is geographically speaking, in
a position to become one of the most important in the
Eureka State. It already numbers three thousand
inhabitants, celebrated for their industry, commercial
enterprise, and public spirit.

While we were in San Francisco, making arrangements
for our enterprise here, we were somewhat amused, as
well as led into a vein of not unprofitable
reflection, by the inquiries of many friends of ours
there, as to "where is Marysville?" "what sort of
place is it?" &c., &c. We at first thought some of
these gentlemen were good-naturedly quizzing us, but
the questions met us so frequently, and were so
seriously information-seeking, that we could no longer
doubt but they were asked in good faith.

We then "fell to thinking;" and the result of our
cogitations was, that we did not wonder so many men
were ignorant of the whereabouts, the extent, the
prospects and resources of this and other towns which,
as if by the touch of magic have sprung up in a day,
and strided at once to a flourishing and important
position. No wonder, in California, that one-half of
our citizens "know not what the other half are doing."
Absorbed by the daily routine of their business at
home, many of the citizens of San Francisco and we
doubt not even of Sacramento City, have neither
visited our town, nor taken time to enquire whether it
be a "paper town," a "tent town," or a town having the
principle of a healthy vitality, whereby its
prosperity and importance is a "fixed fact." We
inquired of a gentlemen to whom we were talking of
Marysville a few days ago, if he had ever been there?
He replied "he had not been beyond Sacramento City, he
had never visited any of the mushroom towns above!"

Now, we wish it to be understood, that we are somewhat
partial to the village of Marysville, and our readers
at a distance may make all due allowance for that
partiality, while reading this article. Nevertheless,
we shall try to prevent our bias in its favor from
leading us into an error of fact in our statements
regarding it.

And now as to the geography of Marysville. It is
situated on the north bank of the Yuba River, and is
the highest practicable point to which navigation can
extend for the greater portion of the year. It is by
water, about two hundred and forty miles from San
Francisco, one hundred miles above Sacramento City,
and seventy miles above Fremont and Vernon. It is
situated on a beautiful plain which stretches back on
an almost perfect level, extending from Feather to
Yuba River; the bank of the river where the principal
part of the town fronts is so high as entirely to
preclude the probability of an overflow in the rainy
season, nor is there any danger to be apprehended from
back sloughs, those great sources of annoyance to
other towns, during the prevalence of high water.

Marysville is the most eligible sight, therefore, that
could possibly be selected for a large commercial town
anywhere above Sacramento City. It possesses the
advantage over the latter place in being much nearer
the points of destination of goods for the Northern
mines, being in immediate neighborhood of important
mining districts, and communicating more easily with
the rich mines on Yuba River, and the thickly
populated mines watered by the forks and tributaries
of Feather River.

The climate here, though now we are in he warm summer
solstice, is healthy and delightful, not being subject
to sudden variations of temperature which are so
prejudicial to health. The mornings and evenings are
balmy and delicious, and one soon becomes accustomed
to the hear in the middle of the day. The situation of
the land is such s not to induce the febrile complaints
to which many portions of the country are subject.
Simply as a place of residence, Marysville is far
preferable to some of our sister towns, especially our
"older sister" at "the Bay."

But it is to its resources for business that
Marysville has to look for its greatest prosperity,
and these are such as must command for it an enviable
distinction. Nothing, in fact, save the blindness of
our citizens to their own interest can prevent the
town rising to a proud prominence among the cities of
our new State. We give our fellow citizens, however,
credit for far seeing sagacity, not doubting that they
will adopt a policy which will ensure to it all the
advantages of its position.

The small river steamers have run regularly here for
fully a month longer than many supposed they could,
and some of them might, it is thought, continue their
trips for the greater part of the season, were it not
for the snags in the river. These steamers, however,
are drawing off, one by one, and it will not be long
before communication by this means will be entirely
cut off, for it is now too late to navigate the
subject of the removal of the snags, for the benefit
of navigation this season. We hope another summer will
not find a single snag in the bed of the river; a
little energy and a moderate amount of money will
effect their removal. In the mean time the merchants
here will be obliged to get their goods through by
teams and we trust they will not allow their stock of
goods to decrease so as to drive buyers to other
points. As long as there are sufficient supplies here,
business will and must come here. The mere fact of the
suspension of Steamboat navigation need not excite the
slightest apprehension. This town, unlike many others,
was created from necessity, not simply for purposes of
speculation, and the same facts which tended to give
the town an existence, are still in operation.

Teams are now plying between here and Sacramento City,
by which our merchants may receive their goods,
nearly, if not quite as regularly and cheaply as when
the steamers were running daily. A line of stages is
established, by which passengers can still come and
go, without delay.

So that Marysville, after all, is not in so woeful a
plight as to call for any particular sympathy from our
friends below, and we do not think we hazard much in
predicting, that the town will not only hold its own,
but steadily improve.

Transcribed by Brian Nakagawa

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