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Del Norte Wonders

Del Norte Giant Redwoods

~Welcome to a most wonderful place...
-the land of Giant Redwoods, mossy forests,
pristine emerald rivers, majestic rocky coast vistas,
wide beaches, historic lighthouses, and pure fresh air.

This is a small glimpse into
the many remarkable scenes & sights found in
California's northern-most coastal county, known as ~ Del Norte ~
That's the abbreviated Spanish nick-name for "The Land of the North"
(la tierra del norte)

Crescent City Coast

Besides the world famous Roger Patterson film of a female Bigfoot shot here, the area is also notable
for being the location for
several big Hollywood movies filmed here, including the Ewok forest of
Moon Endor in Star Wars -The Empire Strikes Back.

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Besides the Redwood forests, fern canyons, coastal dunes & wild rivers;
besides the bear and the elk, the owls and raccoons , the hawks, herons, and
sunbathing sea lions; there's the fishing and Jet Boating, the surfing and hiking,
amping, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching,
the bi-annual visitation of the Canadian-Aleutian Geese and migrating-whales.

Rich in history, from the pioneering days of the California Gold Rush,
the wreck of the gold-laden Pacific steamboat known as the Brother Jonathan,
the building of a lighthouse 6 miles out on St. George's Reef, -and one
on the coast at Battery Point (built in 1856), through the logging &
saw-mill era, into the present dairy, farming, crab & salmon fishing era,
Del Norte County has seen a lot of changes through the years,
including the wide devastation
wrought on Crescent City by the tsunami
of 1964, but
adversity has engendered ingenuity and a community "can-do" spirit.
Tsunami Mural
Its past and present are beautifully depicted by over a dozen large murals decorating city buildings.

Hwy 101 Lighthouse mural
The weather is fair, the population is small but inter-connected through many associations
and alliances that foster social, artistic, commercial, and governance activities and programs.
Coastal Mist
There's the tourist destinations of many well-placed RV parks,
Trees of Mystery, Ocean World, two Indian tribe Casinos,
Redwood State Parks, and the Battery Point Lighthouse
Annual Del Norte events include the Sea Cruise Classic Car meet,
the 4th of July Fireworks Show near the Lighthouse
(one of the largest and best on the California coast),
the County Fair, the visitation of the Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain
(reproduction) Sailing Ships, The Aleutian Geese Festival,
The Noll Longboard Surfing Competition,
and dozens of other cultural events year around.
Swinging from 2nd Bridge

There are two scenic rivers -the Smith River and the Klamath River
which are enjoyed not just for water fun but also for salmon and steel head fishing
(with fishing guide boats available year-around). Del Norte is also home to the world's
largest lily farms (thanks to the rich soil and moderate climate) as well as commercial
crab fishing
(often 10 million lbs. per season) and world-class cheese production.

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Visit the massive archive of contemporary Del Norte County images at: DNCWOW.COM.
Crescent City Harbor

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