Plot to Steal the County Seat

On the 16th of February 1871, a group of Mendocino VIPs launched a determined effort to steal the county seat away from Ukiah. Beacon newspaperman William Heeser was among those present and may even have called the meeting. We don’t know who else was on hand, since files of the Beacon’s predecessor, the Independent Dispatch, are incomplete and the coast’s other newspaper predecessor, the West Coast Star, did not hit the streets until 1874. We don’t even know where the learn more…