Pre-1905 Calif Death Index
Modoc County was formed in 1874 from northeastern Siskiyou County. It derived its name from a fierce Indian tribe that lived at the Pit River headwaters. One historian suggests that the word modoc means "the head of the river." Another states that the word is derived from the Klamath word moatakni meaning "southerners," i.e., the people living south of the Klamath tribe.
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