Weed, California

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Weed is a city located in Siskiyou County, California. As of the 2000 Census, the town had a total population of 2,978. There are several unincorporated communities adjacent to, or just outside Weed proper. These include Edgewood, Carrick, Lake Shastina, Rancho Hills and Hammond Ranch. These communities generally have mailing addresses that use Weed, or its ZIP code. The total population of this area in 2007 was 6,318.[1] Weed is about 10 miles (16 km) west-northwest of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark, and the second tallest volcano in the Cascade Range.

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History

The town of Weed gets its name from the founder of the local lumber mill and pioneer Abner Weed, who discovered that the area's strong winds were helpful in drying lumber. In 1897, Abner Weed bought the Siskiyou Lumber and Mercantile Mill and 280 acres (110 ha) of land in what is now the City of Weed, for the sum of $400.[2] By the 1940s Weed boasted the world's largest sawmill.

Geography

Weed is located at 41°25'27" North, 122°23'4" West (41.424298, -122.384417)[3]. It is located off Interstate 5, just 49 miles (79 km) south of the CaliforniaOregon border. The next large town to the north on I-5 is Yreka; to the south is City of Mount Shasta. U.S. Route 97 heads off to the northeast and Klamath Falls, Oregon.

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