The second house, and the first of two stories, were built by W. W. Elmore. He had to cut a road through the manzanita to get to his lot on Silver St. For the foundation of his "mansion", he used broken and imperfect gravestones, all that survive today.
A later two-story house of brick was built on the Frisbie family's Shade Farm. The house is gone, but the bricks have been recycled to build a barn and the gateposts of the Barnes Ranch on Balls Ferry Road.
The area has large native oaks and soil that was enriched by the annual flooding of the Sacramento River. When the railroad arrived, what had been a rural farming area became a regional shipping center for grain, fruit, livestock and lumber. In 1884, an orchard of prunes was planted, followed by apple, pear, peach, plum, almond and apricot orchards. Packing houses were built along the railroad. In the 1890's the Terry Lumber Company built a box factory, shipping in box shook from across the river on a feeder rail line. The locomotive was carried across the river, too, on its own ferry.
By the turn of the century, Anderson had a population estimated at 900, with three churches, five general merchandise stores, a flour mill and a brickyard.
The region has changed a lot since then. Dry Farming gave way to irrigated crops with the con-struction of the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District system in 1915. Anderson had 1500 people.
There followed World War I, electricity, the eruption of Lassen Peak, prohibition--and the Depression. Population fell to 700 citizens in 1950.
World War II and the postwar period revitalized Anderson with large sawmills, a plywood plant and later, a paper mill. By 1958 Anderson led the county in industrial development. Population grew to 4000 and then to over 6000. The number continues to increase today, yet the area still keeps much of its tranquility and pleasant rural quality.