Concow, California

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Coordinates: 39°43′49″N 121°31′36″W / 39.73028°N 121.52667°W / 39.73028; -121.52667

Concow (formerly, Con Cow)[1] is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Butte County, California, United States. It is named after the Native American tribe that is indigenous to the area, the Concow Maidu [1]. The original inhabitants of the area had a diet of Salmon from the Feather River, acorns and pine nuts from the trees in the area, venison, and other sources of food which abounded in the California foothills.

The population was 1,095 at the 2000 census.



In addition to attrition through diseases which the Maidu did not have resistance to, the Maidu were systematically exterminated during the end of the 19th century through cash bounties and enslavement as laborers. Their story is told by Ishi, who may have been part or full Maidu. The current inhabitants of the valley, a few being Maidus, commonly find relics of the Maidu in the form of beads and stone tools while digging in and around their homes.

The first white settlers arrived in 1856.[1] A post office operated at Concow from 1882 to 1906, renamed from Con Cow to Concow in 1895, and re-locating several times.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 38.4 square miles (99.5 km²), of which, 37.6 square miles (97.4 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it (2.11%) is water.

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