Del Norte County, California

Del Norte County is the extreme northwest corner of the state, with the Pacific on the west and Oregon on the northern boundary; its area is 1,546 square miles. The estimated population in 1889 was 3,500; census of 1880 gave 2,584. Crescent City, the county seat, is on the coast, and nearby are valuable mines of gold-bearing black sand. Other important towns are Smith River, Altaville, Gasquet and Happy Camp. The surface of the county is broken by mountains, and only about one-third is capable of cultivation. The mountains, however, are covered by some of the finest redwood, pine, spruce and fir in the state. Lumbering, dairying and mining are leading industries. When the Klamath Indian reservation is thrown open, a great stimulus will be given to the lumbering interest in the heavily timbered country along the river banks. The assessed valuation in 1889 was $1,925,031.


Source: California State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1890, Volume II, R. L. Polk & Company, 1890.

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