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A Little About Our Town of Crescent City!

A Little About Our Town of Crescent City, California!

Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Named for the crescent-shaped stretch of sandy beach south of the city, Crescent City had a total population of 7,643 in the 2010 census.

Prior to the arrival of European settlers, two cultural groups occupied what is now Del Norte County: the Tolowa and the Yurok. Tolowa territory covered the northern part of the county, and Yurok the southern part. Although the Tolowa are not a federally recognized tribe, today they are among the residents of the Smith River Rancheria, located near the mouth of the Smith River.

The city is also the site of the Redwood National Park headquarters, as well as the historic Battery Point Lighthouse. Due to the richness of the local Pacific Ocean waters and the related catch, and ease of access, Crescent City Harbor serves as home port for numerous commercial fishing vessels.

The city is located on the Pacific coast in the upper northwestern part of California, about 20 miles (32 km) from the Oregon border. Crescent City’s offshore geography makes it unusually susceptible to tsunamis.

The Yurok Tribe opened their new Redwood Hotel on July 22, 2014.  A 60 room Holiday Inn Express, soon this hotel will have a casino with a restaurant/sports bar next to it.

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