State of Jefferson - Established 1941 www.jeffersonstate.com - Since 1998

...a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, ...  Thomas Jefferson

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Northern California and Southern Oregon counties seceding from their dis-respective states and joining to form a state more representative of its customs, culture and heritage. No solution is perfect but the process of two states seceding from their home states and joining to form a new state is outlined in the Constitution of the United States of America.

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I've had to move to a newer computer to make changes so we will be in construction mode for a while. Change is a good thing - isn't it?

There have been many attempts at finalizing a more logically instituted state, such as Jefferson, but wars and rumors of wars have seemed to derail the efforts. During the discussions of California statehood in Monterey, California was left whole as part of the Missouri Compromise so as not to create an imbalance of slave vs. free states. The Civil War began a few years later. 

Gilbert Gable of Port Orford, Oregon sought to embarrass legislators in California and Oregon into assisting the mountain border region with better roads and bridges into areas with abundant timber and mineral resources for economic and strategic military purposes. He proposed Jefferson before it had a name. This was in 1941, just before Pearl Harbor and the beginning of World War II.

Jefferson was named in 1941 for Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. The proposed new, 49th at that time, state was called Jefferson as a result of a contest run in the Siskiyou Daily News in Yreka. 

Gilbert Gable had sought to embarrass his own state legislators by offering his county of Curry, in southern Oregon, to the governor of California. Mr. Gable, being a promoter, got his photo op's but was refused by the governor and sent on his way. How he managed to light the spark of rebellion in Yreka is speculation. Perhaps he stopped for gas and a refreshment or stayed the night at the Yreka Inn and got to talking with the right somebody.

Somehow, the idea of leaving California to form new state with Curry county was welcomed by the Yreka Chamber of Commerce and a few boys in the Yreka 20 / 30 club, a club for men in their 20's and 30's. In no time, the local newspaper got on board. The Chamber of Commerce asked the Siskiyou county Board of Supervisors for support and was awarded $100 to look into the matter. All of these locals with time on their hands made quick hay of the situation.

At some point in time, the news of a patriotic rebellion hit the news wirs and the San Francisco Chronicle sent a young reporter to Yreka to see what was going on. He wrote a series of articles on the goings on. During his stay, he got into the spirit with the locals and even came up with his own ideas for making 'news' headlines. The news was reported as far away as New York. His wife accompanied him on the adventure. She is seen in some of the photographs and newsreel footage as the driver or passenger getting stopped at roadblocks and being handed the Jefferson 'Proclamation of Independence.'


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Bill McGinnis, holding the original Jefferson State Seal painted on a gold pan. The pan is now located at the Siskiyou County Museum in Yreka.

The 2 X's symbolize the people of southern Oregon and northern California being double-crossed by legislators in Salem and Sacramento.