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Weaverville, California in Trinity County Gold Country


Historic Weaverville, California Elevation: 2011 feet  County: Trinity    Land area: 35.4 square

WEAVERVILLE, CA.One of the most scenic California drives Highway 299 twists and turns through redwood forests, around streams fed by melting, mountain snow. The winding road enters a place tucked away in time, somewhere between Redding (50 miles west)  with its hot summers and Eureka with its coastal, cool weather and occasional rain. While Weaverville can experience the dry, summer heat that Redding share with its neighbors, it also enjoys cool influences of the coast as this mountain city looks toward the Trinity Alps.  A lovely range of mountains that appear green during the summer and white during the winter snow season provide the backdrop for town folk who can step outdoors and gaze to the north.


Weaverville, one of the most charming gold towns of the West, was once much busier than today. When gold was discovered and mined in the nearby hills some 150+ years ago, Weaverville served as a thriving post for drinking, dining, shopping and trade. Historic tours of its many gold-rush era buildings offer a glimpse into those golden days. Wander Main Street, with its balconied storefronts, and stop in at the 150-year-old Weaverville Drug Store, California's oldest pharmacy still in operation. Located on one of the best roads between Redding and Eureka / Arcata, Highway 3, Weaverville's Main Street is the hub of the town. With nary a single stoplight in the county, you'll acclimatize quickly to the charmed city.   


What to wear: Climate in the Shasta-Cascade Region varies greatly with elevation. Higher elevations tend to have much cooler temperatures and higher precipitation. Summer weather is usually hot and dry with lower elevation temperatures ranging from 85° - 100°+F and lows from 60° - 70°. Fall days are usually mild and warm, with cool nights. Winter is when most of the precipitation falls, averaging over 55 inches per year, much of it in the form of snow in the high elevations. Highs range from 40° - 60° and lows from 30° - 40° in the lower elevations. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days.


While it's not large and not modern, Weaverville's Main Street is authentic. From California's oldest pharmacy to one of the USA's oldest courthouses still operating, get out on foot and explore the buildings accessible in an easy walking tour.   Trinity County Courthouse seen in the photo above was first used as a store, office building and hotel. It was built in 1856-1857 for Henry Hocker. In 1865 it was purchased by the County for $9000 to be used as a courthouse.


There are many things to do in Weaverville. Historic buildings, art galleries, Art Cruise held the first Saturday of each month bring and shopping opportunities abound. Though not listed as a Certified Farmer's Market, Weaverville does have a Farmer's Market held Saturday morning during the summer.


Things to see:

Annual Events: 4th of July -Voted by locals as one of the best small town 4th of July celebrations; August Car Show in the Park includes food vendors, games, car displays, live music, dancing and more. Sponsored by Weaver City Street Rodders. Call: (530) 623-2369. Trinity County Chamber:


Historic Trinity County Courthouse, completed 1857
101 Court Street, Weaverville, CA


Joss House State Park, a Taoist Temple built by Chinese gold miners in 1873 is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday.  Joss House State Park, South West corner of Highway 299 and Oregon Street, Weaverville, CA. Call: 530-623-5284


J. J. Jackson Museum and Historic Park with its displays of early Trinity County life and live demonstrations of the steam-powered Paymaster Stamp Mill.   The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. On display are art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. This Taoist temple is still a place of worship. It offers a fascinating look into the role played by Chinese immigrants in early California history. The temple was built in 1874 as a replacement for another that had burned.


The Temple is located in the heart of Weaverville, a small community near the Trinity Alps on Highway 299 about 50 miles west of Redding and about 105 miles east of Eureka. Weaver Creek runs nearby and locust trees complete the rural setting.

In an effort to preserve this important part of California's Chinese tradition, the temple became a part of the California State Park System in 1956. Many of the historical objects have been restored and the structure itself stabilized. In addition to the temple equipment, park visitors will see Chinese art objects, pictures, mining tools, and wrought iron weapons used in the 1854 Tong War.


Life for the Chinese was not easy during the California Gold Rush. In cities and towns throughout the west, discrimination was apparent.  Banned to the most menial jobs, Chinese immigrants often became launderers.  Here's a story from Weaverville's past:  "A tiny fellow with a scarred cheek and eager eyes, "John John," the Chinese laundry man, was the laughingstock of Weaverville, California. For months during he had been washing the Anglo miners' clothes and never had charged even a penny for his services.

The Anglos thought he was stupid, and intentionally took advantage of him. But a year later, according to prospector John Hoffman, who followed gold and silver trails through the Sierras for nearly three decades, one of the white miners came across John John wearing fine clothes in Sacramento. The Chinese laundry man had washed enough gold dust out of pants cuffs and shirttails to set himself up for life!"

Shasta Trinity National Forest
Enjoy picnicking, fishing, hiking, and camping. Weaverville Ranger Station, 210 Main St., Weaverville; (530) 623-2121.


Weaverville Drug Store Building
Fireproof Brick Building- 1855. Weaverville Drug Store building has housed a drug store since it was built in 1855. The first business was the drugstore of D.W. Anderson. It has been known as the Weaverville Drug Store since 1862 and has changed hands over 13 times.
The Weaverville Drug Store, 219 Main Street, Weaverville, California Call: (530) 623-4343


Where to stay


Weaverville Hotel
The Weaverville Hotel and Emporium was built in 1861 and rebuilt in 1880 after burning to the ground. Originally built at the beginning of the Civil War and at the height of the Gold Rush, the Weaverville Hotel was then called Condon's Saloon. The name was soon changed to the Empire Hotel. It burned to the ground in 1873 and again in 1880. When fire gutted the second floor in 1910, it was not until a change of ownership in 1914 that the upstairs was restored and the hotel resumed full services as a hotel. You can still see the burn marks on the stairs, a result of the 1910 fire. Ghosts? Probably a few at the Champagne tub in Room 1.