Willow Creek, California

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Willow Creek (formerly, China Flat)[2] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Humboldt County, California, United States. The population was 1,743 at the 2000 census.

Willow Creek sits along the Trinity River. Residents of this small mountain town are commonly referred to as "willow creekers". It is the Bigfoot capital of the world, and holds an annual festival in honor of the creature. Willow Creek is described as a “rugged mountain community nestled in the heart of the Six Rivers National Forest.” This area of California is located in the Trinity/Shasta/Cascade Region, near the Oregon border, and is easily reached via State Routes 96 and 299. The upper Trinity River offers a classic Class III run with moderate rapids, followed by the Burnt Ranch Gorge, which is one of the toughest runs in the entire state.

The region is the location of the Willow Creek American Viticultural Area. Organic gardens and vineries abound and welcome travelers to try their wares.

Willow Creek was served for many decades by the weekly Kourier newspaper, which closed in 2006 and was quickly replaced by the Bigfoot Valley News also based in Willow Creek. Bigfoot Valley News has since closed but the regional newspaper, Two Rivers Tribune (www.tworiverstribune.com) , opened in 1994 and still going strong. Two Rivers Tribune's news coverage area is from Burnt Ranch all the way to Happy Camp.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 204.5 square miles (529.7 km²), of which, 204.4 square miles (529.3 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.07%) is water.

History

Willow Creek's first non-indigenous settlers were Chinese laborers from the mining and lumber camps, which earned the town the name China Flat.[2] The China Flat post office opened in 1878, and changed its name to Willow Creek in 1915.[2]

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,743 people, 772 households, and 481 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 8.5 people per square mile (3.3/km²). There were 1,099 housing units at an average density of 5.4/sq mi (2.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 81.81% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 9.52% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 5.79% from two or more races. 5.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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