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The Modoc County Record provides issues dating back to 1892 on microfilm available at the Modoc County Library, Alturas 212 West Third St., Alturas, CA 96101.

To request a copy of a newspaper article or obituary looked up on microfilm, please send a check or money order, made payable to the Modoc County Library, in the amount of $5.00 per item requested, plus publication date (or date of death for obituary) to: Modoc County Library, 212 W. 3rd St., Alturas, CA 96101.


Please include your contact information: mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number. The Modoc County Library regrets it is not able to do genealogical research for individuals, but welcomes visitors to explore local history resources at the Alturas library. Additional questions may be sent to


The dedication of the Modoc County Courthouse on May 6, 1915.

Grammar school in Alturas, CA. Ca 1915

View of the Farmers Stable with a loaded wagon in front. Located at the corner of 1st and Main St., Alturas, CA. Dated: June 14, 1912

Tobey "Winema" Riddle was a Modoc Indian woman who served as an interpreter in negotiations between the Native American Modoc tribe and the U.S. Army during the Modoc War of 1872-1873, which lasted approximately eight months. She married outside her Nation, but became a mediator for her people trying to help find a fair resolution between the Modocs and the government, often under dangerous conditions.