A wonderful place to live!
Palermo was founded in the 1800's by the Hearst Family and named after Palermo, Sicily, Italy due to its likeness in climate and abilty to grow olives. The first post office was established in 1888. Palermo is a relatively small community (estimated population of 5,720), consisting of approximately 39 square miles, nestled south of Oroville in northern California. Many areas in and around Palermo offer affordable, ranch-like settings for residents interested in having animals and farms and who wish to enjoy a bit of the country.
“Nearly all land owners, equally confident of the great future for Palermo, spare no money or pains to improve their property and all have joined to make Palermo what it is today by putting in permanent improvements and preparing for the development of the great industry which is to make it one of the most important places in the great state of California.”
The Community - Then and Now
Palermo was established as a popular summer vacation spot in the early 1800’s and named by the Hearst family after Palermo, Sicily, Italy for its Mediterranean-like climate. The area was home to a country club, two railroad stations, gold mining, a brick yard, library, general mercantile store, school and even a semi-pro baseball team. The rich clay soil attracted the planting of olive and orange orchards and a thriving zucca melon industry. Old-timers say Palermo was the second-largest olive producing area in the world.
Today Palermo boasts country living amongst scattered olive orchards. Residents can choose to live in the heart of an unpretentious community or in the surrounding countryside and rolling hills.
(Many history dates courtesy of Brad Banner)