Weaverville, California

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Weaverville is a census-designated place and the county seat of Trinity County, California. The population was 3,554 at the 2000 census.

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History

Founded in 1850, Weaverville is an historic California Gold Rush town. Nestled at the foot of the current day Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Weaverville was once home to approximately 2,000 Chinese gold miners, and had its very own Chinatown.

Logging, tourism and marijuana production were the economic mainstays of Weaverville for many years. The regional economy has been in steady decline for many years, with only a small uptick brought introduced by the global real estate bubble. Trinity county's unemployment rate - as of April, 2009 - stood at 20.9 % (NY Times).

Weaverville is the home of California's oldest continuously used Chinese temple. The Joss House is now managed by the park system and is open to visitors all year round [1]

Weaverville is often threatened by forest fires, most recently on July 29, 2006. Much of the town was evacuated for two days, but the fire was later controlled with little damage due to the efforts of federal, state and local firefighters.[citation needed]

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

The Weaverville Joss House (also called "The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds"), a Taoist temple, was built in 1874 and is California's best preserved example of a Gold Rush-era Chinese place of worship. The temple is now the Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park, and its interior, including an intricately carved wooden altar, can be viewed by visitors.

Geography and climate

Weaverville is located at 40°44′12″N 122°56′10″W / 40.73667°N 122.93611°W / 40.73667; -122.93611 (40.736687, -122.936208)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 35.4 square miles (91.7 km²), all of it land.

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