Keefers Ridge and North Point) is
an unincorporated community in
States, approximately NNE of Chico, California.
Its main street is named Cohasset Road,
which comes from the Algonquin Indian
language and means
"long rocky place".
The town is a mountain community at above mean sea level
. It sits on Cohasset Ridge: an
eleven-mile (18 km) ridge running roughly
southwest-to-northeast. The U.S. Geological Survey
feature ID is
1655909 and NAD27
coordinates for the
community are . The ZIP Code for the community is 95973,
which is shared with about seven other nearby towns, and the
The Cohasset Ridge is a Southern Cascadian ridge near the northern
extremity of the Sierra nevada and frequently considered as part of
the latter. It has experienced an occupance sequence from aborigine
Indians to early lumbermen, to farmers and orchardists, to the
current resident and retirement or summer home pattern. These have,
for the most part, been gradual phases with much overlapping, and
accompanied by periods of population expansion and contraction. The
ridge is conveniently located near the moderately sized California
city of Chico, a circumstance that affords mutual benefits: urban
employment, shopping, school and cultural advantages for the ridge
residents; with recreation and pleasant summer or week-end homes
for Chico residents. The Cohasset Ridge has not developed as
rapidly as Paradise, a comparable ridge near Chico, even though
Cohasset has most of the attributes of Paradise except for
developed water supply and good access roads. The purpose of this
study is to briefly explore the past of the area and to determine
its potentialities. Little of the history of this area has been
written except for a few biographical sketches of early Cohasset
citizens in Mansfield's History of Butte County and the account of
the naming of the ridge by W. H. Hutchinson, a work that will be
referred to later in this thesis. To compensate for the deficiency
of recorded historical data much reliance has been made on personal
interviews of present and former ridge residents, to whom is owed a
debt of gratitude.
The physical setting of the ridge including its land forms and
resources have been considered, as well as its sequent occupance,
the basis of its economy, and the prospects for the future.
primary airport is the Chico Municipal Airport.
Cohasset Ridge is located in the north-central part of the
California county of Butte and follows the northeast-southwest
portion of the Butte–Tehama County line where it extends along Rock
Creek, with the northern portion of the ridge projecting into
southern Tehama County.
The complete ridge spans from about 40°2'40'N in the north to about
39°50'N, and from 121°41'W on the east extending to the southwest
to 121°49'W. It is, essentially, the area lying between and drained
by two tributaries of the Sacramento River, Rock and Mud
The ridge lies above the Sacramento Valley and has a general
southwest to northeast upward slope with an elevation rise from
about at the confluence of Rock Creek and Anderson Fork, rising to
at its northern extremity.
Some consideration has been given to the valley region between the
two streams, immediately below the ridge proper, due to its close
historical links to the ridge itself.
In the mid-1800s the local lumber and farming operations began,
prior to which the Maidu inhabited the area for many generations.
By the early 1900s, Cohasset was famous for its high quality
apples. Today, they are better known for our peaceful country
living, the Annual Cohasset Bazaar, and the beauty of the Cohasset
Ridge. The latest census places the population at 720.
A post office operated at Cohasset from 1888 to 1920.
The citizens of Cohasset, as members of California's 3rd Assembly
, are represented by Rick
Chico) in the California State
; and as members of California's 4th Senate
, are represented by Sam
Grass Valley) in the California
The citizens of Cohasset, as members of California's 2nd
(which has a PVI of R +13) are
represented by Wally Herger
, Rio Oso) in the United States House of
- US Geological Survey, National Geographic Names Database.
- Map: Cohasset, California, 7.5 minute quadrangle,
1995, US Geological Survey.
- US Census Bureau, 2000 census statistical area records.
- Cohasset, California @ Chico Unified
School District website as retrieved December 30, 2006.