History of College City, California
From: Colusa County
Its History Traced From A State of Nature
Through The Early Period of Settlement
And Development To The Present Day
By: Justus H. Rogers
Orland, California, 1891


This charming village, with a population of three hundred souls, is located in the southern part of the county, three miles east of Arbuckle, the nearest railroad station. Pierce Christian College is here located, and hence the name of the place. The college was founded from the proceeds of the sale of land left to the church by the will of Andrew Pierce, and by act of the Legislature no intoxicating drinks can ever be sold on the estate. Pierce was a pioneer settler of the county, living by himself in a small cabin on the place, raising sheep and making boots, so that the land on which College City now stands was a few years back a sheep range. Pierce died on April 25, 1871. The large college building was completed in 1876, and teachers immediately employed. Since the opening of the college the number of students in attendance has averaged about one hundred annually. The affairs of the college are managed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of eleven members, chosen by delegates sent by the Churches of Christ in Sutter, Lake, Tehama and Butte Counties. The college, besides owning a number of town lots, is possessed of six hundred acres of excellent farming land. The curriculum of studies in the various departments of learning is practical and thorough, and the graduates who have left this institution have proved this in various professions and avocations by their success in life. Rev. J. C. Keith is at present, and has been for a number of years, the president of this progressive seat of learning.

The town is pleasantly situated in the midst of a fine farming community. While its streets and residences wear a quiet, homelike and reposeful air, so grateful to the serious student who betakes himself to study here away from the bustle and distractions of active life, yet College City is no "mean city." It would be difficult, in fact, to find anywhere in the State a locality of its size and mercantile unpretentiousness doing a larger business or enjoying greater prosperity.

The number of places of business is as follows: General merchandise, two; drugs, one; livery, two; blacksmiths, two; hotel, one; meat market, one; barber shop, one; insurance agencies, two; physician, one; notary, one; bakery, one; harness, one; shoe shop, one. The town is surrounded by a rich agricultural country. The cultivation of fruit trees and vines is becoming a distinct industry in this locality. The amount of raisins packed at this place is as great as at any other single town in the county, and the quality is excellent. The prune also is receiving considerable attention.

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