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Redding, California
Country United States
State California
Counties Shasta, Humboldt
Incorporated 1887
- Mayor Missy McArthur
- Total 59.6 sq mi (154.4 km2)
- Land 58.4 sq mi (151.4 km2)
- Water 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
Elevation 495 ft. (151 m)
Population (2010)
- Total 89,861
- Density 1,363.8/sq mi (534.3/km2)
Time zone Pacific Time Zone (UTC -6)
- Summer (Daylight saving time) MDT (UTC−6)
ZIP code 96001
Area code 530
FIPS 06-59920
GNIS ID 0277582

Redding, California, originally known as Poverty Flats, is the largest city north of Sacramento, California and south of Eugene, Oregon. It had a population of 89,861 according to the 2010 United States Census, but has an estimated seasonal population of 92,000. Redding is the county seat of Shasta County, and also the largest by far. Surrounding communities include Shasta Lake City, Anderson, Palo Cedro and Shasta, all of which are small towns mainly known for its tourism export. Redding was founded in 1872 as a separate community from the neighboring boom town, Shasta, and was incorporated in 1887. It remains a hub for tourism, notably because it lies between many national parks, popular lakes and historical sites.

History Edit

Redding's general area was purchased by settler and John Sutter admirer Pierson B. Reading, who acquired the northernmost Californian land grant of the time, a plot known as Rancho Buena Ventura. The grant remained unknown for 30 years, when the Southern Pacific Railroad expanded its tracks upward of Sacramento.

The path of the railroad was proposed not to go through the boom town of Shasta, which was home to the most active mining areas during the Gold Rush of 1849. The route was constructed by a small town named Poverty Flats, which would be named Redding in 1880 for Benjamin Redding. The namesake of Redding, which was argued by the council for two individuals: Pierson Reading and Benjamin Redding, but eventually chose the name Redding in 1880.

Redding was incorporated as a city of Shasta County, at the time being a village of 600 residents, but soon boomed due to the copper industry. At its boom town peak, Redding had a population of 3,600 people, but the population dwindled down in the later decades.

During the late 1930s and early 1940s, Shasta Dam, which was a prominent construction project of the decade, the population doubled, also due to the lumber industry's expansion and annexation. By 1970, the population reached 16,659, and tripled in 1990, with a population of 66,452. The most recent census documented that 89,861 people live full-time in Redding.

Tourism Edit

One of the most prominent landmarks of Redding, California is the newly completed Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, a pedestrian bridge completed in 2004 by world-famous architect, Santiago Calatrava. The 217 ft. sundial adorning the mechanical marvel holds the record for world's largest sundial.

Whereas Redding is located in between the Trinity National Forest and Lassen Volcanic Park, Redding is a hub for tourism. The city is surrounded by natural sights and historical towns. Redding holds many festivals, most notably MarketFest, which occurs every Thursday night downtown.