The rocks, bunched in sections like pleats of an accordion, formed a parallel series of three major mountain ranges; the Outer Coastal Range, that stretches from Mendocino to Bodega Bay; the Mayacamus Mountains that reach from Cow Mountain to Mt. Helena; and the Inner Coastal Range, which lines the Sacramento Valley like watchmen on eternal duty. This time the fault’s rumble of destruction split the center of Lake County like a wishbone.The Clear Lake Basin was created; a fifty-mile long volcanic field.Trails to the sea let them travel far for trading, hunting, and gathering salt.After a hundred and forty million years, time had run its course.
This article in Ancient Origins on Lake County (11/2016), as well as his recent book: History of Lake County are full of inaccuracies and should be considered Historiography or outright historical fiction.The Pacific Plate began a slow slide beneath the Farallon Plate, where California would one day be.What was left of the broken and shattered remains, as the rocky contest moved northward, became the San Andreas Fault.Centuries of snow and ice had stolen water from the sea.Like a mammoth, slow-moving elevator out of control, the sea fell hundreds of feet. The new continent was a tundra land a thousand miles wide cut by roaring streams and scoured with bitter winds.They were a handsome race, varying from five and a half to six feet in height. In western North America, Lake County, no longer did the Pines and Cypress hold court all the way to Clear Lake’s shores.Hardy people, these first Native Americans shared that world with saber-tooth cats, giant bears and mammoths. Oaks and Chaparral had their day and covered the land. By comparison, with the eons it had taken the planet’s heaving tectonic plates to settle down, the last two hundred centuries were but a speck of geological time. Unmolested, the Amerindian Pomo Tribes prospered beside the shores of Clear Lake.A hundred and forty million years ago, Lake County, a part of Northern California, began with another of the ear-splitting rumbles that were a part of a continuing grand archaeological planet-wide show.Earth’s rocky mantle slid about over the molten core with ear-splitting groans and titanic shudderings. Sections of the planet shifted here and there as they changed the form and shape and location of continents, all during the slow passage of time, like giant playing cards dealt by a sleepy cosmic dealer.The hills and woods above the lake were filled with deer, bears, and other game. Ducks were caught with slings and skipping stones thrown with such accuracy a single stone could strike several birds.By 1500 AD the Native population of Northern California had grown to more than a third of a million people.