Coutolenc, California

Coutolenc, California
The village of 'Old Lovelock' in the 1860s

Coutolenc (alternatively Old Lovelock, Brownharts, and Musselmans) is a former settlement in Butte County, California, that was located 8.5 miles (13.7 km) northeast of Paradise.[1]


The original village at this spot was founded by the English settler George Lovelock (1824-1907), after whom the town of Lovelock, Nevada was eventually named. Arriving in the state in 1851, he had followed the mining and logging northwards and finally settled in the forest near Butte Creek, operating a small mill to harvest sugar pine. He also retailed lumber and built a store to serve the settlement growing up around him. When the the demand for lumber ceased after 1864 because of the American Civil War, he left for Nevada.[2]

A post office called Lovelocks had been opened in his store but this now moved northwards to the present unincorporated settlement called Lovelock on the Skyway crossroads. During the 1880s a settler from the French Alps named Eugene Coutolanezes[3] had bought land in the thriving village of Old Lovelock, which now had a hotel and saloon, and began agitating for the former post office to be reopened. In 1890 it was given the shortened name of Coutelenc and remained until 1937.[4]


  1. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 218. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  2. ^ City of Lovelock archive
  3. ^ Erwin G. Gudde, William Bright, California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names, University of California 2004, p.94
  4. ^ Robert Colby, Lois Halliday McDonald, Magalia to Stirling City, Arcadia Publishing 2005 ISBN 0738530182, 9780738530185 pp.66-8

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